13 July, 2014

Last Glimpses of Paris: A Photo Diary

My plane back to the Philippines from France was originally set for the 23rd of December, so I could celebrate Christmas eve there. I had my plane ticket and everything. But then things changed, and I decided to stay in Europe for Christmas and New Year's. 

I emailed the attachée for higher education of the French Embassy in the Philippines, and asked if I could change my flight to the 2nd of January (because they booked and paid for my flight tickets, as a part of my grant from the embassy). Thankfully, the attachée was very nice AND was from Lille! She told me it was possible, and in the end I got a flight ticket leaving on the 5th, not the 2nd! Even more perfect. I had more time to spend with Jarne!

The two extra weeks flew by, and it was time to say goodbye for the meantime to Europe and to Jarne. 
Mr. J accompanied me to Paris, because my flight was from CDG. We took the ever-reliable iDBus, and that is where this photo diary starts. :)

08 June, 2014

21 April, 2014

Noir et Blanc à Paris: Date at a Cemetery

It was our first Paris trip together in December 2013. Jarne chose to use black&white film for his Lomo LC-A. The results were beautiful. As usual, we just asked random locals/fellow tourists to take our "couple portraits."

The first part of the black&white series was shot at Cimetiere du Père-Lachaise, the largest cemetery in Paris. The famous people who "live" here are the composer Chopin, the writer Oscar Wilde, and the singer Édith Piaf.

23 March, 2014

Video toime!

Some video clips glued together of my time in Europe in 2013 as an exchange student in France.

21 March, 2014

Travels with J: Barcelona, Spain - 15 to 18 November, 2013 (Part 2: Days 3&4)

Parc Güell
For our third day in Barcelona, the only thing we planned on doing was partying; and before that, going to Parc Güell, which is yet another work of Gaudí. The weather that day was not perfect, but this outdoor park was still a nice place to chill.

07 March, 2014

Travels with J: Barcelona, Spain - 15 to 18 November, 2013 (Part I: Days 1&2)

Barcelona, view from the towers of Sagrada Famiília

Barca was the first trip Jarne and I planned to have. We booked the tickets more than a month in advance, since we were flying with the (in?)famous budget airline RyanAir. We scored roundtrip tickets from Charleroi, Belgium to Barcelona for about 65 Euros (around P4,000) per person. Not bad!! 

25 January, 2014

Travels with J: Berlin, Germany - 31 October to 4 November, 2013

Berliner Dom, the city's cathedral
It was Toussaint holiday in France, and I didn't have school for ten whole days! So, I dragged Jarne with me to Germany! My sister was around during this time, but she had already booked tickets to some plays and train tickets to other places (without inviting me!!) so I couldn't spend more time with her. 

12 January, 2014

Back Home

A perk of living in Europe is being to travel so easily to great places. I was able to do
14 cities. 6 countries. 4 months.
Not bad for a girl on a very tight budget :P

Here's a summary of all the places I went to:

1.) Lille, France
Christmas 2013 in Lille with Jarne