Arriving in Milan on my own, I had next to no expectations. The sun was shining, and the city was at ease. When I met up with my dear Italian friends Jacopo and Nic, they had great news – they had just gotten signed by a record label, and the same label were hosting a party in Torino that same night! After a quick drop by in Nic’s apartment, and half an hour in their producer’s studio I had heard just enough italian phrases and songs to brace myself for the full italian soirée. We drove past the Italian alps in a gorgeous sunset, and arrived in Torino just before the band. Lucky for me, I had heard one of their songs before the party, as they were one of the most famous bands in Italy!
I met so many generous and kind people, and felt so welcomed despite being the only non-italian speaking person there. Much thanks to Jacopo and Nic of course!
Dropping off the last Paris snapshots here, and leaving the city behind for spring break. I’ve had a relaxing time so far, spending it in Norway with my family and closest, and hopefully it will help on my sickness. I am in Milan now, and I have been welcomed with open arms by my italian friends. This must be the most perfect way to see Italy, surrounded by people speaking as if they were singing, and being served homemade pasta, champagnaise and the most delicious gelato I have ever tasted! Camolie and I are headed out to discover the shopping now. Ciao!!
On Monday morning we slept in, had a big brunch and then headed out in the sun. For those of you who have followed the Sex and the City seasons, you may have noticed this beautiful restaurant when Carrie was in Paris. Kong is the perfect place to get a drink and enjoy the view over Pont Neuf, and it was especially nice to enjoy the sun there without the chilly wind blowing outside. We chose some light fruitiness to snack on while we chatted about the girls’ backpacking plans.
In the late afternoon, we dragged ourselves out to Saint Germain.
The food day continued, in a restaurant I was dying to show the girls. I will show you too in the next post!
Sorry for my absence here, but I have been sick for the past two weeks and had to deal with the French healthcare system and explain everything in French on top of that, so it was a pretty sucky week. No words can describe how much it meant to have my best friends come over and drag me out of bed! They arrived on Sunday, and since then we have walked around areas worth seeing, before taking breaks in restaurants or in my apartment. It’s perfect that I have spring break right now, and that we can spend entire days together in this beautiful city!
What I look like most of the time…. They are too nice for sticking out with me – true love through sickness and health, haha!
My nearest flower-shop was somehow even more stunning yesterday. The city was definitely more romantic than per usual, so I did the contrary and ran in Bois de Boulogne with César, before all the single ladies threw a girls party at Michelle’s amazing apartment. Standing in cue wearing my pajamas and buying Ben & Jerry’s while everyone else were dressed up buying flowers, was definitely worth it because we all had a great time together. Drinks, chocolate and singing took us way into the night, before I bicycled home(highlighting my independency here). This morning I rose early to tutor in Norwegian for the third week in a row, and started up giving English courses after that. A perfect way for me to be productive on a Saturday, and to learn more from French kids! I also got some grocery shopping done, and prepared to welcome my best friends next week. After what is going to be the best three days, we are headed home to Norway together for the break, and shortly thereafter I am headed to Milan with Camolie! I catch myself smiling of what I have to look forward to, and because of all the wonderful people I have around me! That’s my Valentine’s rant now let’s look forward to what’s ahead!
I haven’t showed you the newest addition to my wardrobe, a piece which I will hold on to for years to come. This Burberry-coat was hiding in a vintage shop in Montmartre. If there is anything a Parisian must have, it is a coat like this perfect for the city’s “winter” temperature(the winter never really arrived this year). I had been craving one for sometime, so I was happy to find a quality piece like this, for the mind-blowing price of 80 EUROS! Vintage shopping in Montmartre is definitely underrated, and an area which I totally recommend you going, either for the vintage shopping, the view from Sacre-Cœur, or for both.
So Daniel’s birthday dinner this Wednesday was quite something. There we were, ready for a small dinner after school to celebrate together, and then we meet up in this amazing hall, Le Train Bleu, and realize that our party is occupying two long tables with Daniel’s family and his dad’s co-workers. Lucky us got to sit closest to the birthday “kid”.
Champagne was served first, soon accompanied by wines and beers, all depending on one’s taste. With that many Germans on the table, beer was obviously the popular selection.
The set menu started with a delicious mushroom soup with foie gras…
Followed by salmon and root vegetables…
And a delicious pistachio brulée for dessert.
As if this wasn’t enough, the businessmen announced towards the end that they had taken care of the bill! That made us students smile even more. We said our farewells by the time the restaurant was emptied, and headed over for drinks in Bastille before we went home.
Thank you for an amazing and memorable dinner Daniel! Couldn’t have thought of a better way of “ending” your stay in Paris(we know you’ll come back anyway).