First birthday abroad, and mon Dieu, was it good. I picked up my birthday package my mom had sent me, but waited to open it until I had more time.
Madeline stickers ❤
Wearing the newly purchased sweater that I found in a store behind Place des Vosges, I took ligne 6 to school from Pasteur to Raspail, a half hour earlier than usual so I could squeeze in a petit déj with Ruthie and German before class. We went to Le Petit Broc, just down the street from school.
Smiles all around.
The day passed comme d’hab, and then around 19h Ruthie, Molly, and I went to our favorite restaurant, Krishna Bhavan. It’s a vegetarian Indian restaurant just off of Rue Saint Jacques near Saint Michel. I can’t remember the number, but the street is Rue Galande. If you’re ever in the area, GO HERE. The food is absolutely amazing and the waiters/waitresses are très gentils. Now, I’m the kind of person who, once they find something they love, will eat/play/listen/watch/do that thing until they don’t love it anymore. As Amir Blumenfeld says, “You know, it’s my nature to take things too far. Some people love me for that.” Anyway, after ordering the Aloo Channa Masala one night with a side of riz nature and a mango lassi, there was never any need to look at the menu from then on.
Once we were stuffed and feeling extremely obese, it was time to head back home and put on our best dresses for the surprise birthday night out that the girls had planned for me. We parted ways, freshened up, and regrouped at Saint Michel. They lead me to this Latin club/bar/j’sais pas quoi in the Latin Quarter (surprise). First thing I see when I walk in is naked (minus very small pairs of underwear) male waiters serving fruity alcoholic drinks to thirsty women.
After a few drinks, I look over to the bar to see Ruthie giving one of the waiters 20 euros. My stomach fell out of my ass at that point. Despite being under the influence, I knew exactly what was going on. Now normally at this point, I’d feel the anxiety kicking in and I’d be begging Ruthie to ask for her money back – BUT, as I’ve said before, Paris was a big year for me in terms of overcoming my social anxiety. I say “overcoming”, but that by no means is to say that I no longer have social anxiety. It’s still there, I carry it around with me every day. Some days are worse than others, some days are better, but being abroad really helped me learn how to deal with it and to stop it from controlling my life. So, with my newfound confidence, I just went with it, and twenty minutes later I was being lifted into the air by a very muscular half-naked waiter wearing a pair of orange zebra-print glasses. (These glasses somehow ended up on my bedside table the next morning when I woke up. Don’t worry – I pretty much just stole the waiter’s glasses. #noragrets).
Hair completely frizzed from the heat in the club, the remains of carefully applied lipstick, but clearly still très contente.
I feel like every woman’s got to do it once in her life. I guess after 19 years it was my time. Happy 19th to me!