Closing Time

The difficult thing about having international friends, well, it’s that they just don’t stay put.

Many of them want to head back on home and others are just ready for their next big adventure somewhere else.  Having been in France for 2.5 years now, and with 90% of my friends being non-French like myself, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go.  It’s sad, but hey, they’re moving on to bigger and better things, right?

Last weekend I had to say goodbye to yet another friend, Yue Ting.  Originally from Singapore, she came to France to do the same master’s program as me.  She completed my group of 4 close girlfriends that I had in Paris and she is the first to be heading home for good.

Although it sucks for me, I must say that I could not be happier for her.  In the beginning of this month she got engaged to the love of her life, a truly great guy.  I know that he’ll take good care of her and that the two of them will have many wonderful new experiences as they start their lives together in Singapore.

Anywho, this blog post is just a compilation of pictures from her last days in Paris, from our few “dernièrs” meals together, to a sunny Sunday discovering a mosque in the 5th (with mint tea and hammam!) and visiting the Jardin des Plantes.  I’m really glad we got to spend one more weekend altogether.  I am lucky to have such great girlfriends and no matter how far away they are, I will always look back fondly on all of the fun times we’ve had.

Yue Ting, if you read this: I’ll just be checking my mail impatiently for my wedding invitation… Rendez-vous in Paris for 2014 I hope! 😛

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Ding and Ieva at La Bastide d’Opio

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Miss Yue Ting… She’s getting hitched!

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Mosque in the 5th – check out that blue sky 🙂

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Cafe at the mosque – mint tea please!

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Les filles at Le Jardin des Plantes

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Greenhouses

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Yue Ting learning about fossils. Lucky us, we got in the greenhouse for free! (by accident haha)

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Heart shaped fossil ❤

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Weird ferns

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A house for bees! Apparently there are over 900 species of bees in Paris. Since urban development has diminished the number of places where they can make their homes, an effort is being made to create spaces for them to settle down.

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Awesome animal fountain… I think Edouard is the one in the middle with the big nose and crazy hair 😛

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