Keeping Busy

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At last I met up with the awesome friend of mine who had been kind enough to arrange my transportation home from the airport. We had a delicious lunch near Trocadéro and caught up on what has been going on in the past few months. Interestingly, this friend of mine does quite a bit of travel for work, so he always has some fabulous stories to share with me as well! Then right before we left, I found out that he is also an Aries like me, which was not surprising since we never seem to run out of stuff to talk about!IMG_1163 Read the rest of this entry

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Getting Acclimated

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Back to Paris and back to Parisian living after four months in Southeast Asia is a bit of culture shock! During my travels, I was able to find places to sleep for $4- 24 a night. Even more luxurious was the fact that many of them even had their own bathrooms and every single place I stayed in was more spacious than my place here! So yes, coming back to my tiny studette where I share a toilet with the whole floor is rather hilarious, yet it is totally fine. After all of the stuff that I have seen and experienced, I am extremely adaptable and so of course I am settling into my teeny home just fine!IMG_1151 IMG_1157 Read the rest of this entry

A Fabulous New Beginning

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After a very intense experience traveling in Southeast Asia for more than four months, returning to Paris is pretty crazy! My travels were both extremely challenging and also amazingly wonderful, so it was of course a bit of culture shock to return to normal life Paris. However, my heart really is in Europe and I am so excited to be back here!IMG_1095 Read the rest of this entry

Back to Paris

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After a two and a half hour nap, I got up at six in the morning and got ready to leave for the airport. On the ride there, I met some Canadians and heard about their Asian adventures. Then I arrived at the airport and since I had experienced so much drama with checking in for international flights with no return or onward ticket, I came prepared this time with a ticket to show them. I mean, I am certainly not an advocate of lying or anything like that, but I really do get sick of the hassle and I do not think it is fair that I have to have an onward ticket. I live in the present and I only think in three month increments at most as far as location, so how the heck am I supposed to always have some onward ticket? That is just too restrictive for me. However, of course since I came prepared, no one even asked to see it, which was fine with me after the last two flights I took and had to deal with major drama! So after checking in and checking my underweight bag free of any issues, and made it to the gate with plenty of time to spare. Read the rest of this entry

Last Days in Southeast Asia

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Although Bangkok is a fabulous city and all, I put off returning there until the very last second because I was really enjoying my time at Otres Beach.  Reluctantly, I bought a bus ticket and took a night bus from there to Bangkok.  Instead of being just fourteen hours, it was more like twenty-two hours to get there!  However, the journey was not that bad since the longest bus was a sleeping bus, which I had not expected.  Luckily, I had a nice European girl next to me, which of course made it much more pleasant than the trip from Vientiane to Pakse with that American military guy asking me a zillion questions and giving me career advice to return to the States and get an office job! Read the rest of this entry

Otres Beach

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During vacation from my vacation, I went to the beach everyday to read, journal, meditate, and soak up the healing energy of the sun. Compared to most places, it was pretty peaceful and only a few random little girls came up to me trying to sell stuff.  Of course it is fun to talk to them, but I always feel so sad for kids who are out selling stuff instead of going to school.  Other than that, it was super chill and just the way I like to spend my beach time!IMG_0962 Read the rest of this entry

Vacation From My Vacation

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Seriously, this trip has been totally crazy.  My time in Asia has been an experience far different than any other part of my travels.  It has been extremely challenging at times and absolutely perfect at others.  I have seen and experienced things that I never thought were possible.  For example, spending a month traveling with another person was something I had never done since I prefer to travel alone.  Overall, it was a positive experience.  Yet still after that month, I decided to head to Otres Beach to relax and enjoy some chill time.IMG_0873 Read the rest of this entry