Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Paris: the city of luuuurve

Plane conversations
Having woke up at 2am on Saturday morning for the flight to Paris CDG, I pretty much made a zombie look like an elegant ballroom dancer. I really wanted to do the whole sophisticated travel thing where you sit in Costa with a coffee and the Daily Telegraph, but I was so exhausted that I just laid across 3 seats in a random waiting area and played Temple Run to stay awake!

When I got sat down on the plane, this guy who looked about 20 politely asked if I could scooch over so he could get to his seat which was next to mine. I really wanted to make conversation, but I thought I'd play it cool and pretend to be really engaged in the flight safety card and those flight magazines which detail prices for the extremely expensive mini coca colas and kitkats. But the longer the silence went on, the more difficult it was to casually make conversation. I was sat there like 'oh my god Kate, all the bonkers stuff you've done and you can't even make conversation with a guy on a plane.' Instead, we just sort of smiled at each other occasionally. 
Now I wish I'd have made conversation with the guy next to me because it would have made much better blog material and I could have like, even got a selfie with him or something. 
So the moral of the story: make conversation with people sitting next to you on planes!

"All the bonkers stuff you've done & you can't even make 
conversation with a guy on a plane"

Promoting Bonds Beyond Borders in Creil Town Hall
Recently, some friends and I have set up our own international youth organisation called Bonds Beyond Borders with our contacts around the world. Our aim is to promote intercultural understanding and international friendships and to prove that peace and friendships amongst young people of different nationalities can always overpower conflict and hatred. We believe that young people have the power to change the world and as the next generation, we want young people to aim as high as physically possible and believe that together, we can make a difference in this world. We made a speech about it in front of twinning officials from England, Francce & Germany. At the moment we're trying to raise as much awareness of our group as possible, before deciding on our all important next steps.  I'm going to be posting more on BBB along with links to the website I'm currently making. Our ultimate aim is to change the world. 

"Young people have the power to change the world"

La ville de l'amour

We may have performed a kind of criminal act. Well not really criminal, but still a bit badass. We basically didn't buy tickets for the train to Paris, mainly because we were too busy legging it to make it in time, but when we realised the conductor was nowhere to be seen, we did what any normal badass would do and just not bother buying tickets for the way back either. So basically we got a free trip to Paris- not bad ey? We only had a few hours, but we managed to squeeze in all the typical touristy things in. We giggled our way through the tube journeys and took plenty of photos, before watching a few street acts and befriending a lovely woman Californian woman who was touched at English, French & German youngsters having formed such solid friendships. 

One big happy family
Throughout my time in France, I stayed with my friend Anissa and her absolutely wonderful family. Anissa has an absolutely incredible bunch of brothers and sisters and I felt instantly at home. I remember one evening, we all played the act-out-an-an-animal-and-everyone-has-to-guess-what-animal-it-is game, which probably has a shorter name but we'll go with it. Aside from it being an utterly hilarious game, I absolutely loved making everyone laugh at my crazy animal impressions. I'm gutted I couldn't have stayed longer; they're a beautiful family. We even watched the French Bridget Jones film and ate popcorn and Coca-Cola before falling asleep at the bit where Bridget goes to Thailand! It felt so special when Anissa said to me: "you bring so much joy to our family." That's something I love doing; spreading dollops of joy. It's an incredible feeling. Thankyou. 

"You bring so much joy to our family"

The festival
The Creil festival was an absolute pleasure to attend. There was an abundance of food and drink stalls with those samples things which basically give you an excuse to eat as much as you possibly can in under 30 seconds! Unfortunately this was the day that I left my camera at Anissa's and so couldn't actually snap any of the awesomeness. There was a bouncy castle to delight the little ones, but me and Finn, being the ultra mega mature 18 year olds we are, decided to just, yuno test its goodness. We basically spent 20 minutes giggling like 7 year olds and going "watch, watch!" as we tried different moves or flew down the slide face first. 

Some fellow Pendle-ers, Jordan and Becci performed at the festival and did everyone from the United Kingdom bloomin' proud. Together they form the duet Red Rain and perform in local bars and restaurants, and I've no doubt they can take their music global. Despite both only being 20, they are incredibly talented- Jordan plays the keyboard and Becci sings. They're the sort of musicians where you can completely just zone out and daydream at their beautiful sound. You can stay tuned with their journey on Facebook

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