This Friday I started with a pancake breakfast with Grégoire before he had to take the train back home to Lyon. They may not look very appetizing but trust me, they are. I use the easiest recipe for mine that I came up with myself: banana (one per person), some chia seeds and almond milk (or other plant based milk). If they don't get thick enough you can also add some oats just so they will stick together.
In the afternoon I taught English for two hours for a new student which was so much fun. She seemed happy too which is the most important for me.
In the evening I headed in to Paris to see my friend Eva. We met at Invalides and walked along the Seine, across Pont de la Concorde, across Place de la Concorde to...
... Buddha Bar! Wow, what a place! I felt as if I had stepped right into a scene in Gossip Girl with cool, beautiful people and an interior design to die for. Of course, pricy drinks came with this but it was totally worth it for the experience.
Afterwards we went to dinner at Le Montaigne, right off Champs Élysées and were positively surprised. I had a delicious (not vegan) pizza but afterwards I had horrible cramps in my stomach. First I couldn't understand it but then I came to the conclusion that I hadn't had diary in over two weeks. This was my bodies way to show that and from now on I'm gonna listen to that.
I was home before midnight and fell asleep watching Suits.
On Saturday I woke up at a reasonable time and forced my lazy ass out in our "garden"/back yard to workout. I did a high intense program that my sister made for me and it really paid off, the next day I had pain in several parts of the body which means it was a good workout. Afterwards the clock was passed noon so I made a veggie lunch to Nico and myself as seen above. Wow it was so good! My advice for kidney beans are to fry them with some taco spice mix, very delicious.
In the afternoon I headed to the 17th arrondissement for a baptism. Yes, you got it right, to church. It was the baptism of the baby that Emma looks after and we were invited. I had never been to a catholic baptism so that was very interesting actually!
It might not look very cold as the sun came out taking these pictures, but it was. It is! Well, I put style over comfort most of the time these days, haha. After church we went home to the family (beautiful apartment, wow!) where Emma and I had the mission to watch the kids. Aparently adults drink champagne to celebrate baptisms here, or maybe just this family. Although, French people in general do celebrate more than we do at home. It's an interesting cultural difference and I like the French mentality about celebrating, mostly, however I'm not sure I feel comfortable with adults drinking so much alcohol around kids.
After "work" we went home to Emma's for a pasta dinner before we headed to Le Perchoir. What a cozy place! We met some friends there and had wine and then I actually ended up going home, falling asleep in front of Suits, again. I haven't really been in the nightclub spirit this weekend.
And on to Sunday! I woke up late and went almost straight to church for choir practice. Then back home where I had a late soup lunch and then went for a run. I was NOT motivated before but ended up running without taking a break for more than 40 minutes. That might not sound very impressive to you however to me it is. Wow! I was stunned how easily it went and how nicely I felt so I just kept on going. 6.5 kilometers in the end, in a comfortable pace. When I came home I forced Jeremy to stretch with me while we talked through the weekend. Also did a face mask and took a looong warm shower. As I am writing this post I just finished studying and am listening to Emma rumbling around in the kitchen. She doesn't have one in her small apartment so we have a deal that she comes here once a week and cooks. Great!
Hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend too, now I have five more weeks in school until Christmas so the countdown has officially begun. Hugs! xx