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February 28, 2017

Winter Wonderland

New York City, NY by Dear Laura
It wasn't until I was resizing the images that I noticed that most of the photos I took are slightly out of focus (snif). But I still wanted to share a couple of photos from one very exciting day in Washington Square Park! I felt like a 5 year old kid (but really, who wouldn't when it's snowing?), running around the snow, smiling so hard and dying of cold in the -10 degree weather (here's to my cousin for coming along with me and not leaving me to freeze to death by myself). And in case you were wondering, Adidas make terrible, terrible snow shoes. But it was all worth it to be honest. I'm not sure when was the last time it really snowed in Paris. We usually do get a bit of snow around February or March, but it's rarely over an inch so it melts pretty quickly... or it goes unnoticed as it generally turns into sleet before hitting the ground.

February 25, 2017

New York Minute

New York City, NY by Dear Laura
New York City, NY by Dear Laura
Oh hello Paris, it's nice to be back home after a fun (freezing) week in NYC. I was lucky enough to see New York in the snow after the blizzard on the east coast and I was too excited about it. More than I'm willing to admit, to be honest. But enough of that, those photos are for later. This was my second time in the big apple, so I already had seen most of the touristy spots. This time it was more about walking around town (and getting soaked in the rain, basically), checking art exhibitions, and discovering new places — and weirdly enough, not taking as many photos as I thought I would. Highlight of this trip however? Watching Mel B. on Broadway.

February 9, 2017

When in NYC

New York City, NY by Dear Laura
Greetings from NYC! After my finals week, I packed my bags and travelled to the big apple for a little vacation trip before starting a 5 month research internship. Last time I was here, I only stayed for 2 days and a half with a couple of friends so I'm pretty excited to be back and to be staying for a whole week! Plus, there's currently a snow blizzard on the east coast, so expect lots of photos of snow! Happy Thursday. x

January 16, 2017

Thoughts on 2016

Paris Airport
16th of January 2017... Wow. Where to begin? Maybe why I've been MIA? What has my 2016 been like?

Well, I guess it's safe to say this semester has probably been the toughest one for me, not because it was particularly hard, just because there was a lot of work to be done. Projects to finish, exams to study for... Stress. Finding a 6 month internship, finishing up PhD applications... So. much. stress. I didn't think I would be able to juggle between college related work and this blog, so I just forgot about this space for a little while, but unfortunately "a little while" turned out to be a bit longer than expected. My posts would have been more text and less photos anyway, and I think we all know I'm better at taking photos than actually writing interesting posts. So this mostly explains the MIA part. Now, about my year that was 2016.

I've had a pretty good year I'd say, with a couple of inevitable ups and downs. I travelled to the south of France to Bordeaux and Saint-Emilion in January, finished my first year of master's degree, did a research internship with one of my favorite professors, spent a long weekend in July in the Catalonian capital and travelled back to Lebanon for a month to visit my family and friends. After coming back home in September, I started my second year of my master's degree. And, well, I think you know what my last 3 months have been like... Books and coding. Oh joy.

At the moment, my life is quite a mess to be honest. Not a bad kind of messy, just... messy? I've always been that one person who plans everything. Like, everything. I had planned on going to college after high school, get my bachelor's degree, get my master's degree, and then... Well, "we'll see". I always felt like college was too far away and that I'll figure it out afterwords, and it's kind of crazy to think that I'm only two weeks away from having my last final of my master's degree. I don't know where I'll be or what I'll be doing after I get my degree, and it sort of scares the life out of me. I hate not knowing these sorts of things, but sometimes that's just how it is. So my resolutions for the new year are to stop trying to have control over things you cannot control, stop overthinking everything (seriously, though) and finally, focus on the good days and learn from the bad days. I think 2017 will be an exciting year for me. And I hope it will be for you as well. Happy belated new year, lovelies! Here's to another year full of happiness, love and success.

Yours,
Laura
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