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Month of Mayhem

December. The month of mayhem. It’s always mayhem with the Christmas chaos. But this December was particularly manic. It started off with the hell of exams, followed by my last couple of weeks in Paris; meaning that everything I had not seen/bought/visited during the year MUST MUST have to be seen/bought/visited in those few days. So that was that, I’m not even going to go into detail, it was all a blur, thank God for my camera. Anyhow, after that it was time to move back to London – more chaos – we all know my timekeeping is not spectacular, but try being totally punctual while having to carry 6 pieces of luggage down a 150-stair spiral staircase, deal with rush-hour traffic and hobble on through Gare du Nord to catch the train back home. Yes.

I arrived back in London on the 23rd meaning that all those things you leave to the last minute at Christmas still had to be done (no time to actually move in back home). So that’s when that madness began; planning menus, buying presents etc. Followed by 3 days of non-stop cooking and eating with the family.

AND THEN, the boxing-day sales…Piece of advice to everyone: Do your sale shopping online!!! Don’t leave the house until New Year has come and gone. It’s a warzone. I went to Selfridges on the evening of the 26th – it had been cleared out, there was NOTHING left on the shelves. “OH MY GOD, it’s 50% off, it’s Prada, I don’t know what it’s for but I HAVE to have it!” People go crazy, actually crazy. Something in their heads triggers and nothing in the world matters but those Balenciaga boots. And then New Year’s Eve – by which time I was wiped and so very much appreciated staying at home with family, films, food and incredible fireworks!

AND somewhere in the middle of all of that was my birthday! Anyhow, it’s all calming down now, but I’m off to Spain soon, so I’ll have to pack again…But the December mayhem is over, people are normal again, and we can all breath a sigh of relief.

Empty shelves at Selfridges

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La Parisienne

Walking home from the métro the other night I was greeted by the neighbourhood crêpe-maker, 2 waiters at the corner pavement cafés and a sweet old man I often see walking his Dalmatian. At some point I went from being the new girl on the block to being one of the locals. It feels gooooood.

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The end of the world as we know it…

Maybe this is what the Mayans meant re: 2012.

Earlier this week I listened to Slavoj Žižek speaking to Al Jazeera about the global financial and political changes taking place. He came to the following conclusion:

‎”The fear is that the alternative of Asian authoritarian capitalism is now more efficient and dynamic than western, liberal capitalism…The system has lost its self-evidence, its automatic legitimacy, and now the field is open.”

Last night, I watched a documentary called “The End of poverty?” which explains why and how we’ve come to this. I think everybody needs to watch this to put things into context.

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The Egyptian Revolution of 2011

“There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.”

Lenin

I just want to say CONGRATULATIONS to the Egyptian people for showing the world the power of people and unity. It’s true, it’s only the beginning; Egypt has a lot to work on and rediscover as it rebuilds itself. But no matter how difficult, freedom and democracy are paramount. They are fundamental rights which belong to every human being. This alone is reason enough for us to support those who revolt against tyrants, no matter where we’re from!

As well as giving courage to those who are pleading for similar changes around the world, today also serves as a reminder to us who so often take these rights for granted. The Egyptian people have fought for their freedom admirably; peacefully and with dignity. And they have succeeded. GO EGYPT!

I also wanted to point out a great article which was forwarded to me this morning (Slavoj Žižek, The Guardian). Some of you may be interested in following his writing.

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One-Track Mind

I’ve had one thing on my mind all day: FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD FOOD.

The girls and I are going to try out 404 tonight. That will surely apaiser ma faim…

MIAM! Will tell you about it tomorrow!

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Mastering the art of je ne sais quoi…

Right. I’ve been given strict instructions by the WordPress Gods to focus on ONE idea for my blog: “Check out the most popular blogs…See how focused they all are? That wasn’t accidental.”

So WordPress is condemning me to failure before I’ve even started. I can’t focus on one thing. I’m a Spanish Londoner living in Paris having one of those quarter-life crisis things. Not in any sort of melodramatic way, It’s just that I’m at that stage where I’m meant to be figuring out the rest of my life…and it’s proving increasingly difficult to FOCUS.

This is a place where I’ll write about things I do, things I love, things I learn…And maybe it’ll help me to gain that focus that WordPress is so intent on me having.

Mastering the art of je ne sais quoi…Let the blogging begin!

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