30 August 2020   No Comments

The 2nd week of my internship is over, which means I’ve been in Paris for nearly 3 weeks now. It feels odd that I won’t actually be settling here, and that I’ll very much feel like a stranger in the nest until I finally move to Nice in October and get to enjoy my own apartment, but I’m glad that I’m starting to feel more comfortable walking around on my own.

I have rented another studio on Airbnb to stay in September, which means I’m officially staying in Paris until the beginning of October. It’s on the ground floor of a building, which is slightly scary, but I hear the neighborhood is safe and I’m trying to focus on that. I had the option of staying with a friend, too, but her double bed was located on a mezzanine that had no safety rails or anything, and I was worried we’d accidentally push each other down during the night. You never know, it could happen. I don’t fancy a trip to the hospital, so I ended up investing in my own place again. I’m sad I won’t have the company, but I’ll try to hang out with people here as much as I can before I leave. I spent the whole day walking downtown with this friend yesterday, seeing all the fancy stores (Fendi, Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Kate Spade, Max Mara… ah, Paris) and getting rained on. We also had lunch and dinner at the same time, when each of us ate a full Domino’s pizza at 4pm.

Speaking of pizza, I’m still eating better. I finally bought myself some snacks at the grocery store yesterday (cookies, ice cream and chips), but I haven’t attacked them yet, surprisingly. I hate how addicted I am to food and how I eat out of sheer boredom way too often. It seems that cutting noodles, rice and potatoes is working, though… I don’t intend on quitting them completely, but since my meals are always centered around them, I figured stopping for a while would force me to look for other things I can eat, and the plan has gone well so far. Since I’m working remotely, it seems I have more time to be concerned about what I’m eating, and I get to drink a lot more water, too (the perks of not having to worry about peeing all day in an office… I can just use my own bathroom!).

I thought I’d share some of the pics I took on Saturday! The first one is in the building my friend is living in, and I had a good laugh when I read the date. I’m not used to visiting places that are this old, as they’re very uncommon in the region I am from. A bathroom that hasn’t been used since the 19th century! I don’t actually know the name any of these places, however, as I have a bad memory and am also a horrible blogger.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

23 August 2020   No Comments

I’m back in France! After about 5 months in Brazil, I came back to the country that has been my 2nd home since 2019. I wasn’t sure I’d even be able to get back in, given all the traveling restrictions, so I gathered every document under the sun to prove I have reasons to be here and don’t intend to just parade around trying to acquire some virus.

My deadline to get an internship that would validate my Masters was August 17, so of course I got an offer on August 5. I literally can never get anything important done within a reasonable time frame, everything always works out last minute for me. I feel like I’m walking administrative nightmare. I try my best, but some type of bureaucracy always gets in the way of me being settled and ready to go months in advance. When I first came to France, for example, I couldn’t schedule a meeting at the embassy to get my student Visa until a month before my course started. It was in a different state and they released my Visa just five days before my trip, so I couldn’t go get it, and needed a friend to run there and mail it to me with the fastest mail service available. I ended up getting my passport + visa one day before my flight.

But anyway, I’ve finally started working again and everyone I’ve had contact with has been so incredibly nice. My bosses honestly could not be friendlier and more willing to help, and so I’ve already joined the company with the best possible impression. I really hope it stays that way and that they like working with me as much as I’m liking working with them.

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