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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Video of my time in Monaco! With my teacher-friend Courtney. :)

Warm weather
Japanese Garden 
Bus tour 
Ice cream! 
Auto museum 
Chilling at the beach 
Relaxing day 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Paris, France

Going up the Eiffel Tower
Street crepes
Photos at the Louvre
Walking in the 1st
Shopping streets
Concert in the evening
View of Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower over the Seine at 10pm as the sun finally set
Train trip video from Paris south to Monte Carlo

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sick in Paris, yuck.

I just realized today is my half-birthday. 25.5.
Sucky day to celebrate though because today... (graphic, read on at own "ew" risk) I woke up with what I assume has been food poisoning. Probably from the combo of pizza and beer last night. Throw-up count is 4 (3am, 4am, 9:30am, 4pm) and my stomach was empty-empty when last I saw its contents (water). I've been dizzy all day and my muscles feel super weak and useless. I'm at a hostel now, and a very nice Argentinian woman bought me gatorade, which has helped. A French woman also gave me some strong paracetamol and stomach spasm medicine. I laid down on a couch in the hostel (room wasn't ready yet) for several hours midday. No lunch.
Tried to have the tiniest bit of banana and that was a trigger on my poor stomach. Last explusion seems to have helped my dizziness, and I now have a bed (bunk, so gotta be careful) so I'm down for the next ___ hours. Didn't get to see the Brooks family today on account of trying to not feel like death.
Being sick sucks, but the positive thoughts are 1. I've learned I don't give a $hit what strangers think of me, 2. I'm able to be respectful even when I'm white as a ghost and lacking stomach bile, 3. People are super nice, just, there are really good people all around. 4. I'm in this hostel until Sunday morning when I'm planning on going to Monaco, but nothing is booked, so travel-freedom has taken that pressure off my mind, 5. This hostel is clean and the hosts are very helpful. Carried my dumbass huge purple backpack up the stairs for me and let me sleep on the couch for those hours. 6. I don't honestly care if I don't see all the sites on Paris. Which I may well not. I got to Notre Dame. Yes the Eiffel Tower is special, but I won't cry about not getting to see it on this trip. I'll be in Europe again soon when I live here.
Stay hydrated and healthy my friends,

Thursday, June 16, 2016

I Love Running in the City - Paris, France

5:00am to 8:00am is my favorite time of the day. Everything is just waking up, cafes are starting to put out chairs, and you can see pastry chefs dolloping meringue into tiny tart shells.

This morning I ran from my Airbnb flat in the 11th to Notre Dame in the 3rd. It was perfect. I thought the weather might feel a bit chilly since it was 13 C when I woke up at 5:30, but it was excellent for running. I started at 6:00am. One of the best things about running on vacation is that you have no time restrictions. I could wander around Notre Dame's exterior taking as many photos as I want because I don't have to be at work at ___ or on a bus at ___ to go to work. That freedom makes it so fantastic.

My run itself was just freeing. I'm out without an abaya. I'm out wearing tight athletic-cut clothes. I'm racing through empty, beautiful city streets because I want to, not because I have to. I love that energy and choice. While I run I listen to pop music since it has a good tempo. Lots of Adriana Grande, Taylor Swift, and J.Lo. I was a bit faster on the first run than the second, obviously, and I walked more the second. Running to Notre Dame, navigating (which was really simple on my app that tracks my run) new streets, and being up and moving before the city was just great. Maybe I've still got the rush of adrenaline pumping through my mind, but "great" is the best for for this morning.

I feel happier and I really, really like the feeling of accomplishment that I get after a run. I think that's my biggest reason for running at such an early hour. Also the reason I'm focusing on distance instead of speed (time). I like getting something done, checking it off, I always have liked that moment of accomplishment. I can get that every morning with a run.

Tomorrow the plan is to walk down to the Seine and run along through some major monument sites. Here are some photos and video from today. Go run!



I need breakfast now. Au revior!