We kicked off 2013 with a bang. It was cold as can be and winter strolls were charming as ever. The new year always feels unexplainably refreshing. A new number associated with the time. It always takes a while to get used to saying the new year… I already feel myself not being able to spit out “fourteen” easily. We also celebrated the birth of a close friend.
February was as cold as can be. Evenings were spent indoors, and in nice places with nice people. We added some more holes in our walls to add more frames. As always. Jean-Laurent Gaudy took pictures of Louis and I in our apartment, and I am just obsessed with them.
[Photo above by Jean-Laurent Gaudy]March was slow, and my Master’s program was approaching its end. I spent most of my time missing Colorado’s awesomeness.
In May I really started to hang with fellow Elite Yelpers. We had a hoot in May on rue Crémieux. In late May, Louis and I embarked on a journey to Denver for a month, which was so refreshing. The snow still capped a few mountains from the most recent snow. We discovered Denver’s best, and spent a lot of time with the family.
While in the states, we went to Honolulu for a few days to visit a close relative. With sunshine, hula dancers and Kona beer, we were in paradise. Once back in Denver, the family and I surprised Louis for his birthday with dinner and ice cream. This was also the month where Louis and I went to a baseball game for the first time together.
July in Paris was all about adventure and pretending to be a tourist. There were picnics, late night drinks on terraces and also a visit from a very dear friend.
I started my new job in August, so I didn’t have much time for free-time adventure, but I did have the opportunity of discovering the Musée des Arts Forains (Funfair Museum), which is to this day one of my favorite places in Paris.
I am often up in the 10th at Chettinadu, and in September it was the neighborhood that hosted the annual Ganesh Festival. I also spent a few days in Amsterdam, one of my favorite cities, with dear friends.
October was also one of those really busy months. In retrospect I realize that because of it being a busy month at work, I unfortunately didn’t have much time for adventures to share on here… my blogging most consisted of reminiscing over old photos. There were, however, some wonderful events with fellow bloggers which made the weeks fly by.
November consisted of fun-filled weekends: one homemade sushi night, one weekend in the countryside for my birthday and a magical Thanksgiving. It was also my first ever surprise birthday party that my honey organized, which made me feel truly blessed to have such wonderful, supportive and inspirational people in my life.
I celebrated 4 years with Louis, my favorite person in the world. Also, Christmas beer. End of story. We spent a weekend in Essen, Belgium, for the Kerstbierfestival with my bestie, Ana, and her homme. The following weekend was back in the countryside for the coziest Christmas of all time.
The year really was equipped with new opportunities, transitions and adventure. I have mixed emotions when I think about the year, which I’m sure is how all new years approaching feel…. I met some wonderful new people, and also had to bid farewell to two close friends who have recently left the city of lights. As wonderful as change is, I hope for more steadiness in 2014, and that the adventures will continue. I learned so much about myself this year, kicking off my career and testing my limits. This blog has blossomed into something I never imagined, and I couldn’t ask for a better creative outlet.
I hope that your 2013 was magic, and that there will be many good times to come in 2014. Happy New Year!