The week I spent in Paris from August 12 - August 19 was relaxing and interesting. To say the least. Saturday, I ventured into the Little India, called Passage Brady. I walked several miles to get there. I figured it would be the best option to see the city. I required walking through a big african american segment of hair shops, and it seemed like that day was hair day for everyone in the city!
I didn't bring my camera with me. I wanted to freedom without the extra weight. Which, I soon regretted. There were tons of wonderful photo ops. Passage Brady has an amazing lunch scene, but I arrived when it was closing down. I still managed to find a hidden indian store with a plethora of endless spices. I stocked up on ones that are harder to find, and went on my way.
I stopped in a natural healthcare store to find supplements, lotions, shampoos, etc. While admiring the options, and enjoying the familiar smells of home, a guy next to me started talking to me. He was deaf. I realized he was speaking english, and was incredibly impressed by the fact that he was learning it, and already knew French and sign language. He was such a sweetheart, and I was so happy to have randomly met him. A quick reminder to anyone that anything is possible, and nothing should limit a goal or belief. You can make anything your reality. I've met many incredible people in my travels, and he was certainly my favorite.
After Passage Brady, I wanted to check out the Hindu temple in the city. On the way, my handy-dandy best friend, google maps, directed me through a long indian street full of incredible indian clothing shops for stunning clothing and amazing food.
Sunday, I connected with someone using a networking app, and he took me all over the "bobo" (sophisticated hipster) hangout places in the city. They were all amazing. The day included biking around with the bike share, which was so much fun, and I had missed bikes from the Chicago days ;)
Monday, I stayed in and got caught up on the last few blog posts, and soaked in the moments of complete solidarity.
The rest of the week it rained off and on. Tuesday, I ran errands for a sim card, decathlon daypack, and found some hemp seeds and nail polish at HEMA. The rest of the time was spend watching tv shows and hanging out with other people staying in the apartment.
Thursday, I made a last attempt to chase light, but because of the rain, the clouds covered the sky, and I never got the photographs originally planned for Paris number two.
Thursday evening kicked off the beginning of a very long few weeks, and I will leave this post with photographs, and saying that I will be writing a book. Because, well. I can't make this stuff up. And, there's lots of crazy people out there ;)