Ma Vie Parisienne

Bonjour! I'm Kayla, a junior in college spending a year studying at Sciences Po in Paris. This is a personal blog to keep my friends and family updated on my adventures abroad. Enjoy! :)
Found the love wall in Paris! ❤️ (at Le Mur des “Je t’aime”)

Found the love wall in Paris! ❤️ (at Le Mur des “Je t’aime”)

Tulips on tulips 🌷🌷🌷 (at Keukenhof)

Tulips on tulips 🌷🌷🌷 (at Keukenhof)

Loving the Netherlands so far! @karlijnmarije  (at Leiden, Netherlands)

Loving the Netherlands so far! @karlijnmarije (at Leiden, Netherlands)

Starting a collection of old French posters to decorate my future apartments/ houses with :)

Starting a collection of old French posters to decorate my future apartments/ houses with :)

Picnic under my fave bridge #baguette (at Pont Alexandre III)

Picnic under my fave bridge #baguette (at Pont Alexandre III)

Who knew the inside of Opéra was so gorg  (at Opéra Garnier)

Who knew the inside of Opéra was so gorg (at Opéra Garnier)

Davidge family selfie with the Eiffel!!

Davidge family selfie with the Eiffel!!

Stained glass, anyone?  (at Sainte-Chapelle)

Stained glass, anyone? (at Sainte-Chapelle)

There’s still so much of Paris to explore 🌸💜 (at Musée Rodin)

There’s still so much of Paris to explore 🌸💜 (at Musée Rodin)

Look who’s in Paris! #sistalove

Look who’s in Paris! #sistalove

#fbf to Fall Break in London to see #abgt050 with @mjkski11

#fbf to Fall Break in London to see #abgt050 with @mjkski11

Lipstick stain on my café crème #paris #beingartsy (at Quartier Latin)

Lipstick stain on my café crème #paris #beingartsy (at Quartier Latin)

Dat sky doe #Paris #sunset

Dat sky doe #Paris #sunset

Spring has sprung, and it is beautiful 🌸

Spring has sprung, and it is beautiful 🌸

The Little Things 3/10/2014

I’ve noticed over the past few weeks that Paris has truly started to feel like home. I have made little adjustments recently that make me feel like I know the city a lot better, and have made me fall in love with it even more. For example, on Friday afternoon I took the bus home instead of the metro. I have only taken the bus a few times in Paris because I am much more comfortable with the metro routes. However, the bus is so much better because you actually get to SEE Paris as you’re getting to wherever you need to go. The route from Sciences Po to my apartment goes through the cute winding streets of Saint Germain-Dès Pres, across the bridge on the Seine River, from which you can see the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, and right in front of the Louvre! Who knew! As I was riding the bus home, I couldn’t help with smile at amazement and gratitude that I’ve been given the opportunity to live here.

Although I haven’t been eating out at restaurants as much this semester (for money-saving purposes) I do treat myself to French baguettes or croissants a couple times a week at the boulangeries on a street near me. My favorite thing to do for lunch now is to grab a cheese or two from the supermarket and a baguette from the boulangerie. It’s cheap, easy, and just so French! Also some days on my way to class I’ll grab a pain au chocolate, warm straight out of the oven…yum.

One other thing, just last night, I decided to take an evening walk because still quite warm at 5 PM. When I set out, I  originally planned to go to the terrace of Galleries Lafayette to watch the sunset, only about a 15 minute walk from my apartment. When I got there, however, I noticed that the department store was closed. I thought about just walking home, but decided instead to walk to Place de la Concorde and then to the river. I got to the Seine just after the sun had set. The sky was still orange and pink, and in the distance I saw the beautiful silhouette of the Eiffel Tower. I took a very peaceful stroll down the river and then walked home. It was such a relaxing evening, and I decided that on weeknights that I don’t have class I’d like to make evening walks a regular thing.

These little adjustments in my daily life have had a big impact on my general happiness here. It’s the little things that make Paris truly feel like home, and it’s the little things that are going to make it so hard to leave in June.

Bisous,

Kayla <3