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Chapter 9. First Week Firsts

It’s been a week. Ok, fine….not quite- Murphy and I arrived a week ago Friday. However, today I have internet, so today is the day I’ll write this post. It’s absolutely crazy to think that a week ago we were still in St-Legier, staying with the Bakers and going for walks on the mountainside. It seems awfully long ago and far away now!

Friday morning- my last Swiss sunrise for a while

It’s been an eventful and productive week. I have so much I want to share with everyone….the apartment is coming together well, but I’ll wait until the last pieces are in place before I share it with you all. I thought I’d use this post to share some of the ‘firsts’ we had this week.

First….trip to IKEA in an Uber

No car? No problem! Marc and I knew that we didn’t need to pick up anything too big, so we decided to take an Uber to and from Ikea on Sunday. It worked out great, and ended up being less than half the price we would have paid to rent a car (with the added benefit of not having to drive through the city). It was a win-win.

First…afternoon exploring the city

I did the first card in the book of ‘City Walks’ that the Swiss ladies bought for me. I hopped on the Metro, went to Louvre-Rivoli, and ended up walking all the way from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde, then to Champs-Elysees and finished at the Arc de Triomphe. It was a bit of a cloudy day, but still bright and the scenery was amazing. I’m planning on doing another card today….I’ll keep you updated!

First (and hopefully last!)…flooding of the apartment

Ahhh, the trials of learning about a new apartment. We rented this place with the kitchen relatively intact (a rarity in Paris, usually you start with just a sink and need to install EVERYTHING yourself) and it included a refrigerator, a stovetop, and a dishwasher. The first two worked great straight off the bat, but we tried the dishwasher for the first time last night and the results were NOT ideal. There were a few ominous signs- it wasn’t hooked up to the water to start with, and the detergent compartment was broken- but we didn’t expect it to flood the kitchen. At 10pm.


Oh well, I guess we will get a shiny new one! But in the meantime, it meant emptying the dishwasher into the sink and scrubbing everything by hand. Not my favourite, I’ve been very spoiled my whole life and I definitely consider a dishwasher necessary! Fortunately Murphy has been there to help…

First….week of exploring

I love the Bois de Boulogne. It’s huge and diverse and so very green. Murphy and I have been having a blast exploring. Here are a couple pictures, I imagine I’ll do a couple posts in the future devoted to this beautiful backyard we are blessed to have.

First…..visit to our new CrossFit

The nearest box to us is called CrossFit Grande Arche and is located inside a Metro station. It is a great space and everyone seems really friendly. I have to take the metro there, but it only takes 20 minutes and 10 minutes of that is the walk from our apartment to the metro stop here (Pont de Neuilly). For a big city, Paris has surprisingly few CrossFits, so we were thrilled to find one so close and convenient.

Funny story- we had to do a 400m run for the class, and I was asking about the course we needed to take. Everyone kept giving me the thumbs up and talking about le pouce….I was confused until we set off and I saw this….

(Sorry for the link, I forgot to take a photo. I hope it works)

There were plenty of other ‘firsts’ this week, but I think that pretty much sums up the exciting ones. The weather this weekend looks stunning, so hopefully there are many more adventures to come!

Until then,


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