Discoveries and Creative Spaces2:28 PM
January usually feels like the shortest (and least memorable) month of the year. Everyone is still adjusting to the new year and making typos on documents, t.v series haven't started as yet, and the weather is at its coldest.
This January felt different though. I didn't travel at all and that allowed me to settle down and reflect on my progress here. I found myself looking through photos and videos from last semester and feeling a whole new level of greatfulness. I'm already nostalgic about the people and places I've met and experienced, and I want to continue to record every moment in photos, journal entries, or any other medium.
Looking back on my first semester has inspired me maximize my time here. I want to push myself even more and create new experiences. I want to go to more cultural events, art shows, and music festivals. I've realized that music has played a large role in my student exchange; I've met some of the most brilliant, funny, and well-travelled people from the University choir. I really hope this continues.
Aside from wanting to explore Nantes more, I feel like the pressure is on to squeeze in trips to cities around France and Europe. I'm kicking off the year with a mini-trip to London for reading week! I'm searching on pinterest and flickr for inspiration and tourist sites. It's a bit overwhelming though because like any metropolis, there are loads of things to see. So far I have the London bridge, Kensington, the City, the Gherkin, and Harrod's on my list of things to see.
|I switched up my desk arrangement! |
Some beautiful postcards, my moleskin, my pink Bible, les passions de jeune Werther, my diary, mini tour Eiffel, and dried pink roses
In preparation for reading week, I went downtown to the Gallerie Lafayette to pick up some things for my relatives. Then I did a bit of grocery shopping because my fridge was empty, and my fruit bowl was looking really sad. I headed straight to the fresh produce section and picked up a few grapefruits, and apples. I saw something in the organic section that caught my eye and I had to get a closer look just to make sure I wasn't imagining things.
I saw kale. Yes, kale. My long lost best friend. I coudn't believe my eyes. Kale is not 'a thing' in France. You can find every leafy green here, but not kale. I've heard that it is in select grocery stores in Paris, but I had no idea it was in Nantes. Needless to say, I am forever greatful for this discovery and will always be fully stocked.
|I went to a new bakery today and picked up a few madeleines. So yummy with coffee!|
Hope you have a great day!