Happy New Year!

Yay! 2014 is finally here! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. I thought it would be fun to do a little roundup of 2013, with all its highs and lows (did anyone else think that having 13 in the year was unlucky?) So, to go with the theme, here are my top 13 moments from this past year who has time to think of 13 things? Looks like I’ll be sticking to 5:

1. Travelling

This is a travel blog after all (well, and photo and body painting), so obviously, my trips are #1 on my list. This year started off in yet another insanely cold winter in Canada. Mother nature decided to give me the full winter experience of -20 weather and 50 cm of snow in the week that I came back for the holidays. No worries though – it just made me appreciate the relatively mild Grenoble weather even more. Why am I still talking about the weather? I was talking about travelling! Not only did I get to travel around France some more this year, but I also jet setted off to Italy, Spain, Ireland and Morocco!

2. Photography

I found two awesome photo projects this year – the Ten on Ten and Photo of the Month. They’re not easy, especially with all the challenging themes that the Photo of the Month group comes up with, but it’s a great way to stay creative and see beauty in ordinary, everyday surroundings.

3. Body Painting

Though my body/face painting business was put on hold when I moved to France, that didn’t stop me from rounding up some models and doing a few painting sessions with friends.

4. Paris!

I finally moved to Paris! After an intense year of studying and a fun summer of travelling, I found myself a job and packed my bags for the city of lights. While the first few months were rocky (see rant about apartment hunting), I’m really finding my place in this town. I can already name the best places for Friday tartar dinner (I love tartar…nom nom nom!), Sunday brunch or drinks after work. I’ve tried to mix equal parts tourist activities with more “local” things like small one-woman acts in a 13th century theatre. Yup, I’m getting the hang of this Parisian lifestyle.

5. Watercolours

After moving to France, I’ve realized that illustration and watercolours are definitely a big deal in France. French people probably don’t even notice it (actually, nobody probably really pays attention to it), but illustrations are everywhere you look. There are even entire blogs dedicated to it (some of my favourites are Garance Doré, Miss Holly, and Jessica Durant). Well, obviously I couldn’t resist trying it and you know what? I’m a fan. I’m addicted – I just don’t have enough time to do it as much as I would like (also, I don’t currently have a table in my new apartment…or chairs…or a bed…hurry up IKEA!).

Well, there you go, that’s my year in a nutshell. Let’s see what 2014 brings (it already brought me a new apartment and an AWESOME new camera).