Blame it on the rain

9 02 2009

I’m sure you all have been waiting with bated breath for a new post on how things have been going in Paris, so here’s a new post ;). Keeping this blog really takes writing discipline. Sometimes I find I’ll write something new and then for whatever reason never post it.

I had another job interview today. I’m so sick of job interviews and trying to sell myself to be what the company wants. I feel like Ethan Hawk’s character in the movie Before Sunset, when he’s telling Celine about his book tour and says, “I feel like such a huckster.” Well I feel like a huckster and I’m tired of selling myself. In the past 3 weeks since I’ve been here, I’ve been on  5 interviews. Yikes! Plus at the interview today they made me do a translation from English to French…so hard because my writing in French is not as good as it could be. And this interview was long! I was there for an hour…I don’t know if that’s a good thing or bad thing. That’s the worst part. I never know. Some places I’ve had the best feeling from the interview and never hear from them again, so I have no idea.

After the interview I spent the afternoon walking around even though it was pouring rain…such a bad idea. I wanted to walk to the American Church from where I interviewed (near Place d’Opéra) because the church has job postings. But I’m still somewhat unfamiliar with everything here and even with my map, I kept walking in circles! In heels! Finally I got to the church hours later, which I didn’t think would take that long, only to find there was nothing good listed and I was cold, wet and tired :(. When I planned it in my head the night before it seemed like a good idea because I knew I’d be walking through some of the prettiest landmarks in Paris and I wanted to take pictures. The only thing was the weather was so bad I didn’t take a single picture! Sadly that means no pictures for this post. oh well. For those of you still needing a photo fix, please feel free to orient yourself to my previous post where I posted pictures of a recent nighttime stroll on rue Georges V.

And lest you think my life has been filled with job hunting boredom, my social life is starting to come together nicely and I went to a house party this weekend. I loved the house, it was so typically French, complete with an empty bottle of Ricards liqueur used as a vase and a room filled with books from floor to ceiling. I had so much fun and there were lots of very attractive French boys there, but sadly I didn’t meet anyone. Most of the people were architects, since the person throwing the party works as an architect, so a very interesting crowd. However I drank way too much and spent all of the next day in bed with the worst hangover I’ve had in a really long time. But it was worth it! 😉

And for those of you that are interested or just curious, for my next post I will give you a more in-depth view of my life here including…drumroll…pictures of my apartment!

p.s. shoutouts to Milli Vanilli!

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Travel and Updates

26 01 2009

I’ve arrived safely in Paris and have mostly been sleeping more than I care to admit, and just generally trying to get myself settled in. Flight

Overall my flight was alright. In my mad dash to make my ride, I’d packed my earphones in my suitcase, so no movie for me! (Which ended up being no big deal, since Nights in Rodante looked like the cheesiest movie ever made!). Though I actually had a remotely friendly neighbour, who actually acknowledged my presence with a few small-talk questions as we settled in for the 6-hour flight to London. I fly quite a bit and with most people, I barely even get a hello, much less a smile. (Um hello?! We’re going to be sitting next to each other for the next 8 hours, would it kill you to even make eye-contact?! I don’t need a new BFF, but come on people?!)

However, after the sheer hell that was my check-in, and especially after the demise of Zoom, I think this signals the end of my love affair with charter airlines. Luckily I had gotten to the airport 4 hours early, because I spent nearly the entire time packing and repacking my bags trying to get the contents of my life to fit in with the stingy and very strict 20 kg weight allotment that the check-in Nazi’s were not being even the slightest bit flexible about. They even weighed my carry-on bag and made me take out items because I was 3 kilos over! WTF?! I ended up leaving half of what I intended to bring in luggage storage at the airport…but I can’t be too mad, now I have an excuse to re-stock my wardrobe…in Paris!! 🙂

So lesson learned for me with trying to cut corners and save some desperately needed money (with the strength of the Euro, the Canadian dollars has almost as much value as Monopoly money), but sorry Air Transat, this is the last time I’ll take one of your flights. That experience was so draining and stressful, that as I soon as I got on the flight, I fell fast asleep only to be woken up for dinner.

The next leg of my journey was actually way more exciting than I initially thought it would be. The word of this trip was economize (or no budget!!)…so as I landed into London already fatigued with jet-lag, I wasn’t looking forward to the bus ride to Paris. In the end it didn’t turn out to be so bad.

The bus (or coach as the Brits say) was way more comfortable and relaxing than the flight and I chilled out to the mellow sounds of Architecture in Helsinki and The Postal Service on the ride into Central London from Gatwick. And finally I noticed the supposedly British-influenced architecture of Royal York rd. in Toronto, in the English homes on the outskirts of the city.

The coach finally made it’s way into the city after a modicum of lateness due to an accident on the A 23. And while waiting in line for the bus check-in (yes you have to check-in for cross-country travel on the bus too!) I made a new French friend and happily discovered that the bus coach would be taking the ferry and not the chunnel…score! I highly recommend taking the coach to Paris if you want to get the feeling of adventure back into your travels and are sick of no-budget airlines, yet want to save money.

For a measly £12 coach ticket, I got to relax on a ferry and sat down to a nice dinner in the ferry restaurant as I watched the view of English channel on the horizon…highly recommended!

Other than that I’ve been surprisingly too busy and too tired to do much sightseeing. Though last Friday I went to a cozy little dinner party at a friend’s place where I met a very interesting and friendly group of expats and frenchies. After feeling stuck in a rut for so long in Toronto it’s nice to be feeling social again…and after all, I’m finally in Paris (I still can’t say it without smiling) after months of delays!!

And that’s pretty much what’s been going on with me, I have a few things cooking and in progress, but will be sure to update the blog once I have definite answers. In the meantime please do keep reading…I promise to update as soon as I have some exciting news or thoughts to share!