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The Perpetual Passenger - Paris

paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in France The Perpetual Passenger is Nikki’s blog about her life and work in Paris.

Nikki says of herself…

“The world works in mysterious ways, and in my case, landed me — an American girl from New England — a job in market research based in Paris. So recently I packed my bags and headed to France to carve out a home and a career in the City of Lights.

Being a market researcher requires me to jet-set all over the globe. In an attempt to stop and smell the proverbial roses, I’ve decided to document my travels as a Perpetual Passenger, and now an American in Paris, and make the most of where life (read: work) sends me.

So like the tagline says, sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. Because I will.”

Well, I’m sat back…

I’m relaxing and…

I’m ready to enjoy the flight so…

Let’s dive right in!




paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe How little Nikki from measly Rochester, New Hampshire finds herself in Paris Bits….

In A job in Paris?! Mais, oui! Nikki recounts how she was in Athens and was offered a job in Paris.

She starts off by saying…

“There I was in Athens, Greece, attending a market research conference held by an international research organization called ESOMAR, when I was told that today we would all be participating in a “country luncheon.”

Not five minutes after sitting down am I introduced to an Irish gentleman, who either cannot find his table or has no other compatriots to dine with (it was definitely the latter, but isn’t it fun to pick on the Irish?!). He turns out to be great company, and we end up attending most of the rest of the afternoon lectures together.”

A few adventures later (largely adventures concerning A Turkish friend, a Russian Delegate and a missing dinner ticket – or something like that?) she bumps into her Irish pal and he becomes her boss!

And one does have to wonder if this sort of thing is normal for Nikki?

Who knows? I must assume so because the next we hear, Nikki is Preparing for Paris (and I did ponder whether Paris should, indeed, be preparing for her?)

Anyway, she arrives Safe and Sound and then…

After surviving… “working a full day after arriving at 6am on little to no sleep” she…

Decides to go to Hamburg (yes, the German one) for a day trip!

I suppose it takes all sorts!

And at this point I ought to say that I’m not anti-German by nature but…

I did once go to Hamburg (actually, I have been there many times) and all I can remember is being surrounded by towering fat German ladies (I was only 8 years old so everyone sort of towered over me) which has…

Given me a life long aversion to hairy thighs, women who wear beards and Hamburg itself!

paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Things You Learn Bits…

Nikki appears to be learning quite a lot from her time in Paris.

Even if she hasn’t learned to avoid day trips to Hamburg unless you like fat, bearded German women with hairy thighs?

In This Week’s 10 Life Lessons From Paris she recounts the 10 things that she has already learned.

One of which is that Paris recycles! (Love this!)

And, talking of recycling…

In Things I Learned The Last Few Weeks she gives us 20 valuable lessons she has learned.

Obviously, I liked…

No 5: Men here pee outside. During the day. While sober.

And…

No 17: Pigeon poop is green. And doesn’t make for good hair conditioner!

Both excellent examples of recycling!

Although I do have to say that I’m rather worried that Nikki is a bit of a slow learner!

You see, in Things I Learned This Week she says…

“After living here for nearly three months I finally had my first fresh baguette – and I learned that everything they say about the bread in France is true!”

Good grief girl! You waited three weeks!

Personally the plane wouldn’t have landed before I was off down the boulangerie!

Still, in Things I Learned Last Week (And The Week Before) Nikki seems to be making up for her slow start!

She tells us that…

1. You can drink alcohol in public in Paris.

4. The guy at the salad bar I frequent has a crush on me.

And…

10. Fresh baguette + goat cheese = pure bliss (and my friend Célia tells me I need to try adding honey)

Although I can totally agree with her comment….

14. Black sheath dress + black heels + metro at night = uncomfortable

Personally, I make a point of never wearing my Black sheath dress with black heels when I go on the metro at night!

But wait, it gets better…

In Things I Learned This Week and Last (yes, I know – Nikki does lack a touch of originality when it comes to titles but… If a title works why not use it all the time?)

That she is still learning and has recently learned….

6. A (fake) mustache is the secret ingredient to making a great party. (she obviously spent too long in Hamburg!)

10. Alcohol + heels + bicycles = a bad idea.

And…

14. If I spill one glass of wine on someone, there’s a good chance I’ll spill another.

And, based up all of the above…

I’d say that Nikki appears to have learned…

Pretty much everything one needs to know about living in Paris!

paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Highlights (and Lowlights) of Life in Paris…

The highlight of life in Paris has got to be A Sunday Stroll in the Parc.

Especially if you finish your day… “with an outdoor dinner composed of a beer and a salad at a nearby cafe.”

Another highlight, we learn in Sights, Sounds and a Place to Call Home is finding somewhere to live!

Followed by visiting the Arc de Triomphe and then treating herself… “to a delicious lunch outside at the Bistro Romain on the Avenue des Champs-Elysées!” before visiting the Eiffel Tower!

The only lowlight that I have spotted so far (apart from the day trip to Hamburg but I’ll try to avoid mentioning that from now on!) is Nikki’s visit to see Prince which she recounts in All Hail the Prince.

Now, I have to admit that I’m a bit of an old fuddy duddy when it comes to music and I don’t really understand all that jiggly about hippy-hoppy music that the youngsters like so much these days but then…

I’m more of a Nolan Sisters and Johnny Halliday fan myself (although I also like Petula Clarke -such a nice lady and such a sweet voice!)

paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceThe Assorted Bits That Don’t Fit in Elsewhere…

Now, I know that I promised not to mention Hamburg again but…

When Nikki asked the question What Do Vegetarians Eat in Hamburg? Protein, of Course!

I can answer that there aren’t and vegetarians in Hamburg (in fact, I don’t think the word even exists in the German dictionary – and if it does it’s only to accommodate the small minority of vegetarians in Alsace and Lorraine every 50 years or so!) and…

In Hamburg (and I know this from painful experience) they eat vast quantities of salt fish, enormous amounts of Pea and Ham Soup and tables full of a sort of one-man buffet of lots of bits of dead animals!

And then they move onto the main course!

That’s why all the women are fat and have hairy legs and tend to grow beards!

And at this point I ought to say that I’m not anti-German by nature but…

I once had to share a meal in Bremmen (which is sort of near Hamburg) with my brother (it was supposed to be a meal for one!) and between us we couldn’t finish it!

And I’ll remind you that my second job is Eating for Brittany – and I’m rather good at it!

Anyway, getting back to the point…

In Home is where the food is (an idea I endorse wholeheartedly)…

Nikki flies back to America for a bit to eat!

No, I didn’t understand that bit either?

I did laugh at What Type Of Passenger Are You? though – even though I don’t fly (mainly because too fat to fit in an airline seat – due, largely, to my second job!)

And finally, we get to see the start of the process of Turning a Flat into a Home.

Nikki – keep us updated on that although I do have to say….

You might want to try a green stripe in your bedroom?

paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceSo, Summing Up…

I love this blog (apart from the Hamburg bits!) and think that most of you will too!

Nikki has a fresh view on life in Paris and doesn’t even mention Dog Poop once!

I suspect that either she hasn’t actually trodden in any yet or…

She has and is too embarrassed to talk about it!

Please pay a visit to The Perpetual Passenger and say hello to Nikki.

I bet a comment left on her site would make her day!

And me?

Well, I’m going to take a look at what is possibly the best post on the blog…

The one about Fact & Fiction About the French.

The two stereotypes that strike a note with me are…

French Women aren’t fat & French Women don’t shave…

I guess they aren’t fat and don’t need to shave because…

They don’t live in Hamburg?

All the best

paris  The Perpetual Passenger   because we all love reading blogs about life in France

P.S. I am sorry; that last Hamburg comment sort of slipped out when I wasn’t looking!


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