Jumping over the lazy dog

or, taking the bull by the horns.

Oh whatta night…

This post might be better titled “All in a day’s work,” but because it’s 3 in the morning and I just got in, I thought Billy Joel was quite appropriate.  Just got in, you say? Why yes, and the party’s still going on in the streets of Paris…I’m just so old that my knees started to complain about all the walking.

But before we get to all that, a recap of my first Saturday in Paris: quite a busy one, if only in the French sense, in that I got a grand total of 3 things done today.

  1. Thing number 1: I went to set up my bank account.  It was quite simple. I had most of the necessary paperwork, and need one last paper signed before it’s all completely done.  My debit card should come in the mail in the next week or so, along with my RIB, which is a slip of paper with my bank info I need to get my paycheck deposited in the account (important stuff!).
  2. Thing number 2: I wrote a rough draft, an incredibly sloppy one that will be scratched, once again, for a scholarship application.  For some reason, I can no longer write personal statements, the ability has completely left me. So much for getting money to grad school. So maybe it should be 2.5 things, not 3…
  3. Thing number 3: I got my camera’s sensor cleaned. No more dust! This was a bit of a challenge, as I had no idea where to look for a camera store that would clean my sensor in Paris. This website came in handy, but the store the author mentions did not exist – in its place was another camera store, with a very nice gentleman who told me to come back in an hour.  So, for €30, I had my sensor, lens and body cleaned, and got to sit at the Place des Vosges while reading George Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London and watching little children kick up dust while playing soccer with their papas.

Now, for the night.  Dun dun dun.  The Tall One, another ETA, and I met up for dinner/dessert (dinner for her, dessert for me) where we solved America’s problems.  Turns out Mies was right, less is more, people.  Then we wandered around the city for four hours, trying to find the events described on the Nuit Blanche website, but because we had no map…it turned out to be more entertaining than planned. We stumbled upon the following images during our ambling parcour through the city.

Yes, that is a GIANT disco ball hanging from a crane in the Luxembourg Gardens. We wanted to go in to get a closer look, but there was a 3 hour wait.

Yes, that is a GIANT disco ball hanging from a crane in the Luxembourg Gardens. We wanted to go in to get a closer look, but there was a 3 hour wait.

I can never remember which bridge this is. But isn't it pretty?

I can never remember which bridge this is. But isn't it pretty?

You guys remember the Impressionists? This is why the movement started in France.

You guys remember the Impressionists? This is why the movement started in France.

Spiderman, spiderman...crossing the ocean onto French land...

Spiderman, spiderman...crossing the ocean onto French land...

Place des Vosges at night, where it's kind of creepy, but kind of beautiful.  Oh, and that's the Tall One in the red coat.

Place des Vosges at night, where it's kind of creepy, but kind of beautiful. Oh, and that's the Tall One in the red coat.

Ok, you explain this one to me. I have no words.

Ok, you explain this one to me. I have no words.

Notre Dame at night, from the Pont Marie (I believe). Now tell me you aren't jealous I'm spending 7 more months in this beautiful city.

Notre Dame at night, from the Pont Marie (I believe). Now tell me you aren't jealous I'm spending 7 more months in this beautiful city.

Finally, around 2:15, we decided to split ways and head back home…which took me about 45 minutes to walk. This is one thing I’m quickly getting used to: walking everywhere, 10-30 minutes at a time.  Oh, and eating tiny, tiny portions.  I’m going to come back to the US as a stick.  Twiggy’s back in style, didn’t you hear?

Well, I really ought to be getting to bed, because tomorrow, I’m off to the races! More on that after this break.

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