This weekend, I am leaving for the states! This will be my third time visiting since I moved to Paris three years ago.
This week has been pretty busy trying to get everything ready. It’s also my last week working my summer job, so I have been running around like crazy. I try to stay as organized as I can, for it helps with the stress. Here is what I have been up to:
- Get the family and friends goodies: Which tends to be wine, chocolate and candies that are not sold in the US.
- Prepare my playlist: I typically feel pretty zen on a plane once it takes off and we are in the air. I like to listen to my music and space out for a bit. Listening to music on trips is important to me, I always have to make a playlist. It was something that started when I was younger and made mixed tapes for the car (remember decorating the CD’s? Or was that just me?). I have specific playlists for trips that I go on, because music always brings back memories and I like listening to a song and thinking of those good times.
- Finalize some paperwork so it is ready for when I get back: I’ve been quickly finishing up paperwork for university, that way when I get back, it is not waiting for me and making me a nervous wreck while I am state side.
- Clean the apartment: I like coming back to a clean apartment. It makes me feel good opening the door and everything is in place.
- Organize my clothes and makeup: This trip is going to consist of so many different things. My family has planned camping (which I haven’t done in ages), so I have to take specific clothes for that while also taking nice clothes for when I do a night out with my friends or my mother’s graduation party (the whole reason I am really going back to the US).
- Have some wine and last minute picnics/dinners with friends to say goodbye for a bit: It’s summer in Paris, so everyone is coming and going. It’s hard to keep up with everyone’s schedule and trying to make it fit with yours.
- Buy books for the trip (kindle): At the moment, I am reading the Three Musketeers in French. It was one of my favorite books when I was a teenager, and now that I speak French, I told myself it would be a good thing to read it in the original language. I am also debating whether or not I should get a Kindle. I am someone who loves the smell and the feeling of having a book in your hands, but recently a friend told me that a Kindle is good for learning a language. Her reasoning was that it gives you definition of words, and you can buy whatever book in any language. If you have a Kindle, what do you think about it?
What do you do to get ready for a long haul flight?
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