December 11, 2013

Ten on Ten: December

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This month’s Ten on Ten is a bit of a whirlwind of random movement across Paris. At the beginning of the month, I found out that I need to move at the end of December (instead of the end of January, as planned). Cool. Great. Oh, what’s that? The only apartments available are either the size of a fish bowl or cost more than a small island? No problem! On top of the insane rent, you also need me to pay a thousand euro agency fee to cover all your hard work (posting an ad online with no punctuation and 2 blurry pictures)? My pleasure! No, no, please don’t bother answering your phone. Playing hard to get will only make me want that apartment even more!

On top of all that fun stuff, I’ve also had to go round and round with the administration in Paris and Grenoble. And the cherry on the insanity Sundae is that I also have to run home to let potential buyers visit my current apartment (which my landlord is trying to sell for an extremely unreasonable price).

Anyway, all that is just a little background information so that you get an idea of why this Ten on Ten is a bit less happy-go-lucky than the rest.

12:43 AM…yes, AM

You’re thinking, “wow, she’s really taking this Ten on Ten thing seriously.” Nope, unfortunately (or fortunately?) I’m not dedicated enough to this project to starting snapping away as soon as the clock hits midnight. I was actually still up because my 18th century printer was taking such a long time to print out my apartment applications.


11:35 AM

I guess the bureaucracy gods decided to be kind to me and give me lovely weather as I dashed to visit an apartment during my break. I’ve passed this building a few times and finally remembered to take a photo. The entire side is covered in greenery, which is a much needed sight in this part of Paris.


2:27 PM

I’m really lucky to work on a cute little street that has no shortage of cafés.


2:29 PM

I finally remembered to look up the theme from Rebekkah (who started the Ten on Ten idea), which was candy canes. I wasn’t sure if I would find some in Paris, but lo and behold, my favourite bakery had some.


2:31 PM

Waiting in line for my lunch, I couldn’t resist taking a photo of these swirly breads.


5:55 PM

Mad dash to see another apartment in an adorable Parisian suburb. Unfortunately, the apartment was a complete dud and a 1.5 hour waste of my time. On the bright side (no pun intended), the decorations made me feel a little less Grinch-y.

December ten on ten project

5:55 PM


9:36 PM

Don’t worry, I didn’t finish work this late…I finished at 8 so that I could take my awesome dance class. There’s nothing like jazz at the end of the day to help you unwind.


10:05 PM

Introducing: Lily! A friend of mine is out of town and I’m dropping by to take care of her cat. She wasn’t very keen on me in the beginning, but now she runs to my feet every time I come.

French Parisian cat

10:38 PM

Finally (almost) home! The city hall by my metro stop has a really cheery christmas tree.

mairie 13

So there you go, another Ten on Ten, and come to think of it, the last one of 2013. I’m pretty excited for the next one because Santa is bringing me a new camera all the way from Canada, so hopefully my photos will be even better.

If you want to see the other participants, check out French Lily’s blog and Rebekkah from A bit of Sunshine.

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