Friday, 14 November 2008


So Friday is finally upon us! I'm not entirely sure why I say 'finally', when in actual fact this is officially the shortest working week I have ever had (thanks to a two-day bank holiday)! No matter how short the week is, Friday is always very welcome, I'm sure you'll all agree!

It's a little sad in the office today as two stagiares (interns) are leaving. One is Arianna, a lovely Italian girl and the other is Marie-Alice, a lovely French girl. An ex-stagiare called Patricia, from Germany, came back to have lunch with us today (thanks for coming Patricia!) and yesterday we had lunch with another ex-secondee who has returned to the Paris office of my firm. It's so important to work with people you like, and it is wonderful meeting people from all over the world here. One of the things that most struck me about Harvard was how international it was. In the class they had put up flags representing the home countries of the students in that class - very cool.

What does this weekend have in store? A visit from Marc, hopefully some lovely dinners and a trip to a Parisian Sunday market to buy fresh produce. In Paris every Sunday farmers from all over France come to sell their produce. They are so proud of what they sell and love to talk to you about it and have you taste things - it is a treat to smell the smells and see the colours and feel the food - real food, not food that has travelled a million miles and sat on a supermarket shelf for who knows how long. A real treat! Most of all though, I look forward to a good 'ol relax. I've been back to London for two weekends in a row and before that I came back from Boston, so I am feeling very wearyfrom travel and just want some time to relax, sleep in, and walk around Paris. Nothing very blog-worthy, I know, but sometimes that's just the way things go. I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!