Stories from the City

Musings about life, living, Paris & other places


Going back to zen

Life sometimes just flies by me without me even noticing that I am on the bandwagon. You know that feeling? Your automatic pilot is on and you realize a little less what is happening all around you, losing perspective on what matters (thinking career over social life), failing to see the beauty in life (yes, that is possible in Paris) and basically living in metro-boulot-dodo mode as they say in […]

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Pretty awesome stuff this week

This week has been shiny and bright: plenty of sun and some serious blue skies in Paris. While March can be quite chilly, we’ve been very lucky this year. The first week of March has been a delight with temperatures of 15 degrees on average and an even better weekend weather forecast (20 degrees Sunday!). Seems like spring arrived early in Paris and you don’t hear me complaining! Some other […]

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The best invention since the internet

Yes, that’s a bold statement to make – I know. But I seriously think it is. What? The e-reader. It’s absolutely magnificent, a very fine piece of technology, and simply one of the most practical  and useful devices of the last few decades. Whoever came up with the idea of an e-reader, deserves some sort of ‘you are totally awesome’ award. I just quickly googled the e-reader inventor and Bob […]

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Every person has a story to tell

I am kind of obsessed with the blog Humans of New York (HONY). Do you know it? The site provides a glimpse into the lives of strangers in New York City. Brandon Stanton (the blogger slash photographer) collected thousands of photos (and is still doing so) and a short story or quote of people in NYC. The result: a ‘catalog’ of the city’s inhabitants and a little peek into their […]

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Merci Paris!

It’s been over four years that I’ve been living in the City of Love and Lights. And with all my travels the last two months, from New Zealand to Sydney to London to Southern France and a quick visit to my home town in the Netherlands, I am starting to appreciate this city even more than I already did. I realise that while Paris is a big city, it is […]

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A bad week?

Last week has not been the best for me. No devastating events have happened – no loved ones have passed away, no disastrous health news, no painful break-ups, no family quarrels, no traffic accidents or worse. None of that, and I still think it has been a bad week. For me. While life in general is pretty gentle with me, I feel it has been less so last week. It […]

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