ON MY WAY HOME

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Taken on my way home last week

Finals week is here, and I’m just realizing how fast everything has gone. This past semester has been non-stop busy, but I’ve met some amazing people along the way, had the best nights out, gotten more involved in the university and improved my french quite a bit! It’s always bittersweet leaving Paris during vacations, but I am so ready for this one. I am leaving Saturday morning by train to Chamonix, where I am meeting up my family. We’re going to spend Christmas in the Alps, and then return to Norway, where I’ll celebrate New Years with Ida and Simone! I can’t wait for us Parisians to reunite at home <3

3 SWEET STUDY SPOTS

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Out of all the cafés I’ve tried out in Paris this semester, only a few have served as sweet study spots. I love reading and writing in cafés, but not all cafés love me back when I spread out on a table alone, and stay seated for several hours during busy lunch hours. These cafes are the exceptions:

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Pomme-carotte-gingembre juice, cake treats of all kinds and big tables are three reasons to come here.

Rose Bakery

30 Rue Debelleyme

75003 Paris

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Super nice people, delicious sandwiches, cute flower details and music that cheers you up. A winner!

Folks and Sparrows

14 Rue Saint-Sébastian

75011 Paris

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This warm cosy cafe, hidden behind a rustic door in the streets of Marais, serves all-vegan food, and even has a table set for one. Every time I come here I end up finishing 6-page essays like it was nothing, and a big plus is that they are open until 22.00 on weekdays.

Café Pinson

6 Rue du Forez

75003 Paris

ROYAL CELEBRATION

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Reflecting upon this semester, both Ida and I agreed we have had a pretty dead semester because of the humongous work-load. Though we are partially spoilt by the fact that there is always something going on in Paris, and that it is physically impossible to take part of everything, we still feel like we haven’t done shit of what we wanted to do since September. With this epiphany, we headed out to Versailles one Saturday morning and started what would become a week-long celebration of life, and partially of my 20th birthday.

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20PM TO 18 PM

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I was so happy Ingvild joined me for a night out in Paris. Going to bars beats clubbing anytime, and my only plan was to take her to Le Mary Celeste, one of the popular bars close to my place. As you know, the night didn’t end there, so we were pretty tired when we got up the next morning. Nevertheless, we dragged our make-up-less faces out to get breakfast at Marché des Enfants Rouge. This market is supposedly the oldest covered market in Paris, famous for all the food stands serving dishes from all over the world. They also have a fresh vegetable vendor and an abundance of flowers, which I plan on going back for today.

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It was such a warm day, so we decided to stroll down to Shakespeare & Company in the nice weather. We each bought some books and sat down to read for half an hour, before it was time for Ingvild to catch her flight. With so much work lately, I even had to work when she was here, but I think we still managed to make the most out of the 22 hours we had together. Minimal sleep and flaneries is what Paris is all about.

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CHAMPAGNE

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This weekend I visited Champagne for the first time, where my friend Johanne is studying at Science Po. Ingvild came down too, so we could all catch up over some champagne and have a “koselig” time together, a study-break survival method we learnt back in the IB.champ3

On our visit to Chateau de Pommery, we descended the long staircase to the champagne caves with our French speaking  guide. Not only did we learn about the making of champagne – we also saw incredible art pieces they have dedicated to the art of creating champagne.champ4 champ6

An hour later we resurfaced from the dark, and sat down with some glasses of champagne. We chatted on for hours, and almost got kicked out at closing time. champ5

The rest of the weekend was spent reading together, baking cinnamon buns and enjoying the little break on Nov 11th. Ingvild joined me on the train back to Paris on Monday, and we spontaneously stayed up until 7am, hopping from bar to birthday party to after party to pasta party. We met so many new people, and it was such a random and successful night. Best of all was that we both spoke French most of the night. Merci, Ingvild!

70 YEARS AGO …

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… when my mom visited me. Hehe, not really, but it’s almost a month since now so it’s about time I round up our lovely weekend with another restaurant tips. It is Café Charlot that seems to be set in Paris 70 years ago. The restaurant is decorated with white tiles, rustic lamps and the waiters wear all white. When I walked in, I immediately recognized the style from a restaurant we usually visit during lunch breaks at uni - Café Central. It turns out it’s the same owner, so if you’re either in the 7th or the 3rd arrondissement, you should try it out!

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It was the perfect end to a long, chilly Sunday. Mom went all in and ordered escargots for me to try for the first time, and it turned out to taste mostly garlic and not too terrible. Then, we ordered extra fries to the best beaf they had on the menu.

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Feeling pretty lucky!

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Cafe Charlot

38 Rue de Bretagne

75003 Paris

25 KNOTS

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Sunday was amazing! We had so much wind I had to use the smallest kite I’ve ever tried, and it was tough to manage at first. The wind was so strong the sand was whipping our faces in the cold, grey weather, but it felt so good afterwards. Coming home exhausted, I took a warm shower and fell asleep straight away. I woke up on Monday with tangled beach hair and sore muscles, and it took a minute to realize that I was back in Paris. With the opportunity of going on day trips like this, I have to get some equipment ready so I can go more often!

 

KITE-SURFER’S APERO

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New to this year is that I’ve gotten in contact with the kite-surfers in Paris. They have an apero every month, and it was my second time on Thursday. I don’t know what it is with kite-surfers, but they are the nicest people ever! Walking home(when I saw this cool art-piece on the wall) I couldn’t stop smiling. Tomorrow morning I’m joining the others for a drive to the coast, and they will even let me borrow their equipment so I can tryout myself! I’m too excited for words.