Talking About Blogging and my Friend's blog, "Upside Down In Paris (as opposed to Downunder)"

Oh my lord.... This was written a VERY long time ago (2012) but I will leave it as it is as it reflects a moment in time although things have obviously changed. Louise and Cat are still my friends though!

I had a blog in 2010 when I first moved to Paris. But at that time, everything in Paris was so amazing and beautiful. I started this as I had thought about it before I left Australia and my fellow Australian friend, Stella had one too. Mind you, her's was always beautifully written and regular...

Me, I wrote about 4 posts for the entire year. Then another 2 posts promising to write about a in the very distant past whirlwind Parisien Histoire d'Amour or stereotypical love story falling in love with a Frenchman in France and him moving to Australia for me. I went to Paris this time to spend time with my French boyfriend who had to stay 3 months at his company after giving his notice and returning with me to Australia.


Photo Credit: Catherine Owen
Us being stupid. At least me.

One, I am a perfectionist. Two, I am incredibly hard on myself and Three, I was too lazy to keep up with blogging. I preferred to be out and about enjoying my new French life than recording it and writing it down for me to look at and smile down the track. Plus, I was young and I had graduated from university, made money from a real job as well as all my casual jobs to fund this trip and just wanted to have fun. Blog meant thinking.


In 2012, I returned to France for a few months. And timing would have it that my friend, Catherine who I had been studying French with me for a year in 2009 (after my inspiration to go live there and start studying the language straight away whilst visiting Paris with my dad in 2008). Catherine was spending 3 weeks studying French at the Alliance Francaise de Paris in the intensive classes.

Cool concert we went to

So was I but I was in another class after having already lived in Paris for a year previously and continued back in Australia. We had an awesome time getting tiddly in Le Marais for her birthday and later on in the Bastille quarter at a hip jazz bar turned nightclub called Le China.

Cat's birthday
Her friends literally flew to Paris to celebrate!

Le Souk: one of my faves

Beautiful girls

Mmm...morrocan food

International bears at the Eiffel Tower

A night out at "Le China" with the Aussies! I thought the guy looked like Christian Bale!

So much fun at "Le China"
I remember I was swung around, picked up and danced with the guy on the right twirling Cat's friend

Cat and Louise were in the same class and one day each student had to bring food from their respective countries

My lovely friend, Catherine introduced me to my dear friend and fellow Australian, Louise who was in the same class as her. Louise had recently moved to Paris after dating her then French boyfriend in Melbourne while he was working as an engineer.
So we were able to bond about having international relationships, French bureaucracy and just simply adjusting to life in Paris, as it really is not easy. I was there just visiting and going to events, whereas Louise was giving up a lot to be with someone she fell in love with and taking a chance.

I had been talking to Louise for some time about "Oh, wouldn't it be good to have a blog?" and then one day she told me that she had been thinking of making one... Then the next day, I see she has a blog with a really interesting post. So I was so impressed by that, I jumped on the blogging bandwagon and I really owe it to Louise for helping me get the confidence and realise my love of writing :-)

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