Panda in Paris

There is no water ’cause there is Noël.

Posted in France by parisianpanda on December 27, 2009
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(…get it?)

Here is a backlog of Christmassy Paris pictures I haven’t been able to post because of my lack of computer.

Christmas displays at Galeries Lafayettes

Another mannequin (shot taken by me but plagiarized from Eric)

Adorable child

Adorable child and father that turned into a glowy Barbara Walters soft focus thing when I adjusted the levels in Photoshop

Eric looking overwhelmed by shiny things

Axel in front of the Hotel de Ville

Christmas tree in front of Notre Dame, taken right before I got hit on by a drunk man hanging outside of Notre Dame. It was not yet 6 pm.

Some things:

1) My new apartment is enormous and warm and fantastic. And it has a dryer and a couch that folds out into a really big bed, meaning anyone who knows me personally has a free place to crash in Paris (or right outside at least) if they come in the next few months. I woke up the morning I was to catch  my flight to Minnesota not really wanting to leave, which turned out to be prophetic because…

2) …flying home was awful. The Philadelphia airport shut down an hour before we were supposed to land, so we were diverted to Pittsburgh, which was problematic because flights from Rome and Munich coming in at the same time were also diverted to Pittsburgh. Way more international traffic than the Pittsburgh airport was actually equipped to handle. Spent an hour and a half waiting for extra customs officers to come so we would be legally allowed to get off the plane, an hour and a half waiting for bags at immigration, then three and a half hours waiting to be re-booked and put in a hotel for the night. Then the next day spent three hours sitting on the plane in Pittsburgh waiting for Philadelphia to let us come, another five waiting for my flight to Minneapolis, and when I finally arrived they had lost my suitcase. I try to remind myself that I am an incredibly lucky person to have been born in a first world country and to have the opportunity to work in another first world country and have the financial means to travel between the two countries on airplanes, but that is a much easier way to think in retrospect.

3) I have not been able to leave my house for three days because of the blizzard, so I have been doing the thing I love to do most when I am at home and not going anywhere, which is eating. My dad says I am like Brad Pitt in Ocean’s 11 because I am always eating when he sees me. Last year I remember going back to school after a holiday break and my roommate Celena saying something about having some sort of biological evolutionary survival response to being home in that she eats whatever she can find. I think this is accurate, because I definitely ate spaghetti and butter the night before I left to come home because I was too stubborn to buy groceries. Or maybe I just like eating Christmas cookies for breakfast.

Here’s some pictures of snow and other things at my house in Minnesota:

White on white

This chair normally has legs, when there is not two and a half feet of snow.

Little House on the Prairie

Ziggy and Mommy

Glowy snowflake Christmas tree ornament

Spice bread gnome from Strasbourg Christmas markets from Corentin! (placed high up enough on the tree as to not be devoured by the dog...)

My reflection/insatiable narcissism

Also, I think this is hilarious:


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  1. Kinzie said,

    Oh wow, this is crazy belated because I’m just catching up on blogs that I read from over break – but your dog is way cute! Also, congrats on the new apartment. That sounds amazing. I’m jealous that you can have people over. My landlord doesn’t let me (?) even though I have an extra bed! And she lives just upstairs so she would totally know if I snuck someone in.

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