As my time in Paris comes to an end…

Hi everyone!

Today, someone said to me that they were checking into tickets for the Foire de Paris, which if you have been reading for a year will ring a bell. It’s a big exhibition show in Paris in May. I almost fell over when I came to the realization that my time in Paris, the one year mark, is coming up very fast. The sun is out in Paris, it is beautiful, and some days are feeling like Summer and the evenings like Spring. All the things I loved about Paris when I first arrived are coming back like a flood- the hustle and bustle, patios filled with people, and music. I had a couple of months where I felt down on Paris and I think it was definitely the winter blues. Now that it is nice out again, and that I can open the window in my room things are feeling lovely. I am trying not to wish the time away, spending as much time out with my friends as I can, because I know I will miss them once I am gone. Of course, like I assured them, I will be back to visit.

I’ve been out and about with my new camera taking shots of whatever I can, random things I like, this orange bicycle for example. I am trying to learn the camera works and what it can do, but for the moment I am a bit useless with it. It needs time.

I’m sure there are plenty of you that I have not told about what I am doing after I leave Paris, so here is the plan.

At the end of April, no for sure date as of yet, I will be leaving to walk the El Camino (St Jacques de Compostella) pilgrimage which is about 800 km depending on the route and brings me from France into Spain. This should take me about a month, perhaps a little over. I am anxious to get started and can’t wait to see what it brings and whether I am capable of finishing it in one piece. I felt it was really time for a new challenge, and I wanted to travel by foot so  that I can gain an idea of what a long distance feels like. We are so fortunate to have planes, cars, trains and all that, that I think we forget that we also have legs.

I haven’t decided on my route yet, but when I do I will post it here. I will continue to post as I walk, and will do my best to keep you updated on what I am up to along the way.

After Spain, I will be popping back through Paris for a night and then heading via the Chunnel to London! I am on the hunt for a room now and will be visiting in a couple of weeks for job interviews and all that good stuff. I can’t wait to get there and become a Londonian (I’m really not sure if that is the term, but I like it!)

My life is about to take an enormous leap forward and I am trying to prepare myself, but all the while, I don’t want to wish my time in Paris away.

I had a lovely little musical experience on the metro the other night and thanks to my handy iphone I caught a recording for you. There was a guy and a girl standing on seats opposite each other, one with an accordion and then other a clarinet. They sang and danced and said many times they wanted no money and that it was purely for us to enjoy. It was lovely, and another reason why I will always love Paris. Paris Metro – Accordions and clarinet! by Specinthecity

Miss you all!

OX Spec.

February Gone…

So February has come and gone faster than any month, as it usually does. I am hunkering down to finish up these French courses I am doing, as they are really starting to annoy me. I have had a busy lat couple of weeks filled with 21st birthday celebrations both at home in Toronto and here in Halifax. Last night I had the pleasure of a few friends coming over for a potluck and drinks, followed by a night of dancing to bad music. I have decided that those are the best parties, because everyone just comes together and talks and laughs. I had friends from different circles who didn’t know each other and they all got a long like peas in a pod.

This weekend in Halifax has been marvelous. The weather has been in the positives with bright sun all day. It feels like spring is in the air. When I walked outside this morning I could breath a deep breath of fresh air in without it catching in my throat from the cold. The grass is peeking through and the snow melting away. People are out in sweatshirts, picking up their coffees, walking their dogs and I think I head a little more laughter than usual. We are coming out of hibernation, at last.

Welcome back Halifax

So now that March is in full swing, I have some fun things for all of you to do. I was thinking that since this month is a bit of a transition month,  between the frigid winter and the fresh spring, that the focus should be about trying to do things at home or with friends.

Yesterday, for my birthday potluck, I made mini Tarts au Citron. I found the recipe on a blog that I read every weekend call Design Sponge, and it is perfect. the lemon curd is not too sweet but also not too sour, and the pastry is crunchy without tasteless. Check out the recipe here: TART AU CITRON.

It wasn’t a fast recipe but I put on some old fashioned French tunes, like Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel and whistled while I worked. The sun was shining in all the windows and the smell of lemon and pastry cooking filled the house. It felt just right.

I have also put aside a bunch of fun craft ideas to give myself something to do in between homework and real work.

If you are looking for some inspiration for getting out around the city, and a walk in Point Pleasant Park isn’t your thing, check out The Coast magazine for a million and one ideas. I would highly suggest, although never having been myself, checking out The Brier Curling match. I bet it will be exciting and really fun to watch.

If the weather happens to turn on us at some point this week, I think the next best thing would be to head to the movies to see Alice in Wonderland. I hear it is going to be quite a treat.

And with that I am going to leave you. I have big news to announce but will do that in the next two weeks, so stayed tuned as per usual.

Happy March Everyone!