December 31, 2012

My December Photo Diary

I know everyone has been waiting for my Morocco posts but I've just been really caught up with everything else that has been happening. I promise I'll post them in the new year!! Promise!
But right now, with December ending tomorrow, I decided to just do my December photo diary.

+ Team Canada and Ireland's goodbye dinner
Over this semester, we (Team Canada) met a group of the sweetest girls from Ireland (Team Ireland). We had a little get-together before we all left Paris respectively. It was a sad goodbye, but hopefully we'll be able to meet up sometime in the future :)
Team Ireland and Team Canada!
+ Last day of school at ISC Paris, the Nibbles Party, and random pics of our apartment
My French classroom
Early for my last class of the semester :)
Christmas decor in my apartment lobby
Just checking our mailboxes for mail heh
ISC Paris Nibbles Party (with appetizer, macarons, and WINE) - I mean, what school would host a party and also supply free wine for their students? #onlyinParis
Team Canada and Christelle <3
+ Fave meal of the month
Salad, smoked salmon, cucumbers, and chicken
+ Team Canada Christmas dinner
Team MWB (maroon, white, and black) cooking
Great action shot
Our wine/champagne/water/tea bar
Our Steak Lettuce wraps
Ignore my face, and look at our delicious homemade food. Noms

+ Christmas nails!
+ admiring Gustave Eiffel's creation
+ Angelina's Tea Room
I went to Angelina's flagship store on Rivoli in hopes for some amazing hot chocolate, but it was disappointing. Not only did I not really like their hot chocolate, but it made me really sick. Although I did bring it onto myself (I'm lactose), I've never been so let down!!
I ordered their signature beverage, the Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate L'African. It came in a jug with a side of whipped cream.
First off, their hot chocolate is SUPER thick. It was like drinking melted chocolate. It is so thick that even a metal spoon can stand in it haha it was too thick for my preference :P but if you like that kind of hot chocolate, you'd love it!
Before I got sick haha
+ Favorite Song of December (and I'm not ashamed)
They Don't Know About Us by One Direction
+ Skating on Champs-Élysées
My little nuggie and I
Debby & I!
Skating hand-in-hand
Being romantical in a magical setting
+ Christmas markets at La Défense
Where we found POUTINES
+ Ladurée
Thé Marie-Antoinette and Ice Cream Macarons
+ my dearest vP%n's 21st
the beautiful birthday girl
The surprise for the birthday girl!
+ Goodbye Paris
You can read about my emotional "Goodbye Paris, & Hello Toronto" post here.
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And that concludes December! In addition to all of this, I also had the opportunity to take a macaron class. I will post a separate post about that later, after my travel posts. In addition, LINDSEY LEONG came from Canada to visit me in Paris for my last week. It was great because I ended up re-doing all the touristy things with her, which was like a recap for me before I left. I'll be posting about all that as well afterwards.

With 2012 ending soon, I'll be starting my new personal blog in 2013 since my exchange is over so bookmark it ;). But until then, come back soon for my Morocco posts :) I promise, they will be my next 3 posts!!!

Thanks for reading and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody!!! XO
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December 30, 2012

Goodbye to my Paris

The time has come. 
I am officially done my exchange in Paris, and it was time to leave.
The past few days were the hardest days ever! There were so many 'this is our last time doing...' statements made, and it was just really depressing to be leaving such a beautiful city behind.
My last time at the Eiffel Tower (for 2012)
I couldn't believe what was happening. It felt so surreal that I wasn't flying off to some other European city for the weekend, but I was going back to Toronto.

I kept thinking that I was only leaving Paris for a week, and that I would be back after New Years. But no.. I'm not going back to Paris any time soon. D:
And to be honest, I still don't think it has hit me that I'm not going back!!

If you read my last post about packing or talked to me yesterday, you would have known that I was super stressed out about packing..
However, due to the amazing packing skills I have acquired over these four months, I actually managed to pack everything into my suitcases with extra room!!!! Amazing. I definitely pat myself on the back when I was done heh
Tell me how I was able to fit 12 pairs of shoes in that little compartment?
All my clothes for the past four months in little bags. Amazing.
But needless to say, it was an emotional goodbye. It was hard saying goodbye to my apartment, but even worse at the airport. We stood outside the gates not wanting to go inside for a good 30 minutes haha. I needed time to accept reality.
I still can't believe I fit my past four months into 3 suitcases and 1 backpack. Crazy.
BUT on the bright side, I am beyond happy to be back home with my family and friends. Although I've been having the time of my life in Europe, I've missed them all dearly.
Arriving at the airport, knowing that my family was on the other side waiting for me to come out, made me super happy. Heh and that's enough for me!
AC881 has arrived!
Look at our confused little faces haha
Love my baby sissy
Too happy. My favorite people in the entire world.
 Thank you to the 3 most important people in my life. I've missed you!!!
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PS, this is my dad having tea time (he took these pictures). I guess I taught him well in Thailand :)
I think he's ready to get Instagram... Hahah
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I'll miss you, Paris. But I'll come back for you one day. :)
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