After several months of scanning LinkedIn/ Monster.fr/ Cadremploi/ etc for interesting positions, sending CVs, and tedious interviews, I am happy to announce that I finally have a new job!
I’m really excited to start this new chapter in my life and from everything I’ve heard, the company I’ll be working for is really great!
Another awesome thing about my new job is it’s not all that far from my house. By train, it’s about a 35 minute commute.
And by bike, only 22 minutes! Normally, I’m quite nervous about biking in Paris and wouldn’t even think about taking a Velib by myself, but since my job is at Neuilly-sur-Seine, I can cross through the Bois de Boulogne (a big park) and pretty much avoid any major roads.
To test this commuting option, Edouard and I agreed to replace part of our weekend walk with a bike ride.
The route to Neuilly was quite lovely – we passed the horse track and rode beside the 2 lakes at the heart of the Bois de Boulogne. I would have loved to take pictures but as I was on the bike, I couldn’t manage it. But here’s one I got from http://www.francedigitale.com/ :
This particular park on the outskirts of Paris is a well-known hangout for prostitutes and despite the fact that it was only a little after noon, we passed a few who were already out waiting in mini-skirts in broad daylight (none of them were real women…).
If I do decide to ride my bike to work, it certainly won’t be boring!
Proving once again that I’m a sucky Parisian, the Velib that I had chosen was broken. Not visibly so, but when you tried to pedal, it was like trying to ride a rock. Edouard was nice enough to switch with me, but it wasn’t until the end of our ride so rather than taking us 20 minutes to get to Neuilly, it took us 40 minutes…
At the metro station Pont de Neuilly we were surprised to find that we not only had a great view of La Défense, but we could also see the Arc de Triumphe in the distance! We picnicked here on a bench with the sun warming our backs.
The next stop on our Saturday adventure was the Marais (we took the metro line 1 to Saint-Paul). Edouard wanted to go to the American grocery store “Thanksgiving” and then promised to take me out to tea at a cute place he knew of. Here are the things we saw around the Marais:
Our walk ended at the salon de thé, “Le Loir dans la Théière.” But I’ll save this story for another time : )