- went to the city to pick up my brother, came back home 2 hours later, realized he forgot to pick up my brother and went back
- his car broke down once in the city so he walked the 15 miles back home instead of just asking to use someone’s phone
- found a basketball sized strange white fungal growth in the woods, picked it up, brought it back home and displayed it on our deck
- was standing up and sneezed so hard he hit his head on the floor
- a fly landed on the computer screen, so he scrolled up really fast and made rocket ship noises so the fly looked like it was hurtling through cyber space
It’s so much easier to blog Niall now than it was 2+ years ago. I used to beg people for gifsets and walk 15 miles in snow uphill; now 1 Niall outfit results in 50 gifsets. Ya’ll woke up and I appreciate it.
Let me start off by saying that the flight there from Italy over the Alpes is so freaking beautiful I could have cried. If you’re ever flying between France and Italy, please get a window seat. It’s incredible…I probably took a million photos of the amazing view.
I had no idea I was going to love Paris as much as I do now. I mean I was excited to go, but it wasn’t like this huge bucket list thing for me to do (besides see Versailles). But holy moly…Paris is beautiful. And there is SO much to do and see. Even though it rained pretty much the whole time I was there and my feet hurt like they never have in my entire life (on the verge of tears at one point), I fell in love.
We fit basically everything you can do that’s touristy in Paris in two days…besides see the catacombs. We saw the Arc de Triomphe and climbed to the top, went to the top of the Eiffel Tower (even in the rain haha), spent an afternoon in the Louvre, went to Laduree (HEAVEN), went to Versailles, walked on the Love Lock Bridge, saw the Van Gogh and Monet paintings in Musee d'Orsay, went to Notre Dame, and saw The Thinker. If we had more time there we could have done more, but honestly? That’s really impressive for two days. PLUS I pretty much mastered the metro and I’m seriously proud of myself for that haha.
Since Paris was so amazing, I’m going to break it down into two more posts specifically about my two favorite places: the Louvre and Versailles.
BUT before then, let me talk about my overall experience a little more.
We stayed in an adorable Air BnB apartment, which I seriously recommend. Having an apartment for the 3.5 days we spent there was perfect because it really lets you experience the city like you would if you actually lived there. We were right down the street from the Gambetta Metro station (East side of Paris) which was great because we had easy access to the rest of the city.
Right across the street from us was an awesome bakery that we stopped in almost every morning to get pastries and quiches for our ride on the metro. Above you can see my tattered (and deeply loved) metro map. Shoutout to this piece of paper for helping us explore this amazing city. You were a live saver…and being in possession of this map basically made me the human form of Google Maps for the trip haha. Pretty sure I’m gonna frame it for my apartment in the states…no joke.
MOST IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PARIS:
Get a metro pass for however long you’re staying there because it will save you so much money on taxis/buying a new pass every day
Get a museum pass because it gets you everywhere important in Paris (including Versailles) and lets you skip the line! Except at Versailles…but if you go in the morning there isn’t even a line so no worries.
BRING COMFY SHOES. Because you will spend the whole day walking (we walked around 15 miles each day) and you will regret wearing boots trying to be cute. I was in so much pain at one point I couldn’t even enjoy the fact that I was in Paris. I ended up buying Nikes…which I needed anyway but don’t be dumb like me. Lol.
Food: Macarons at Laduree, Lobster Risotto at Le Coq, and gyros/greek beer at Le Gyros.
Must see: Versailles (try to pick a weekday because weekends are super busy), the Louvre (plan to spend a whole afternoon there…it’s huge), the top of the Arc de Triomphe during the day and the top of Eiffel Tower at night.
Stay tuned for details about Versailles and the Louvre….
We took the boys to the zoo yesterday. Lowen got to feed deer and he was very excited.
Ollie was chill in his stroller. He was more interested in the grass than he was the animals. Which I presume is why it’s only $1 admission for kids under 3.
It was a fun time. We probably walked about 15 miles total because the parking lot was full so we had to park about 10 minutes away from the entrance. And when I say “we” walked I mean Zack and I pushed their strollers the entire time.
Hey, so here is this weeks breakdown. June 18, 2017. I’m 5'7" and 174.2lbs. This is week 2 of my weigh loss journey.
Weight loss this week: 1.0lbs
Total weight loss: 8.4lbs
Total Caloric Intake: 9,645
Average Caloric Intake Per Day: 1,377.9
Exercise Calories Burned: 905
Ran: 4.15 miles
Walked: 5.45 miles
*sorry for no pictures today. I’m actually really sick and can’t even get out of bed. My last weigh in was actually at the doctors office on Saturday because I had to go in. I haven’t been able to eat because of lose of appetite*
All gathers in incredible joy. I cannot stop writing poems! They come better and better. They come from the vocabulary of woods and animals and earth that Ted [Hughes] is teaching me. We walked 15 miles yesterday through woods, field, and fen, and came home through moonlit Granchester and fields of sleeping cows.
I cook steaks, trout on my gas ring, and we eat well. We drink sherry in the garden and read poems; we quote on and on: he says a line of Thomas or Shakespeare and says “Finish!” We romp through words. I learn new words and use them in poems.
When my nephew is doing an online assignment and complains about spotty wifi, and i say “when i was your age i had a 33.6kbps wired connection with no wikepedia”. It’s like Grandpa Lou Pickles saying “Why, back in my day I had to walk 15 miles in the snow to school”.
I walked over 25 miles yesterday to get somewhere I could rest. It was quite a long and difficult day, so I spent today resting for tomorrow. I plan on walking about 15 miles to the next town over and couch surfing with a pretty groovy person. I really appreciate all of the love and support you guys have been giving me, thank you so much! It really means a lot and it’s a part of what makes this experience worthwhile. Getting to share it with you beautiful people is an amazing thing! I love you all!
It was so amazing to meet Dan and Phil. They’re so sweet and such amazing people. Their show was so fantastic. I would highly recommend it, 10/10.
So, when I met them.
A bit of context is that last night I did Relay for Life, an all night cancer walk for the American Cancer Society. I stayed up all night and walked 15.25 miles.
So, when it was my turn to go meet them, they gave me hugs and asked if I wanted my book signed, which I had them draw pictures of each other in. As they were doing this, they asked how I was doing and I just told them I was really tired because I did a cancer walk last night and walked 15 miles. Dan just kind of froze and looked at me and said “Wow, I’m so proud of you.” And Phil just said “Wow,” and had his mouth open in shock. Then we took selfies and they were so sweet. But anyways, that was my story of meeting Dan and Phil at TATINOF Seattle!
SN: this is called getting it right. Of course that is an over optimistic sentiment for the following project, but a 15 mile, continuous green space and recreation area that spans 100 streets is an ambitious goal. One that I praise in its size and scope.
Singapore is renovating an abandoned railway to include rock-climbing caves and urban farms
In Singapore, there’s an abandoned railway with grass spurting from the tracks, where hikers can walk the 15 miles from downtown all the way to Malaysia.
Now, the city plans to completely redesign the Green Corridor into a series of community spaces, including a rock-climbing cave underneath a highway.
“This is an excellent opportunity to transform the Corridor into a very special community space that is more than just a park,” says Humphrey Sew, a spokesperson for Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.
The design features bike and pedestrian paths with spots for eight different activities, including yoga, growing vegetables in an urban farm, and watching wildlife.
It will connect to around 100 streets throughout Singapore.
The railway tracks were constructed in the 1920s, when trains would travel from downtown Singapore across the sea into Malaysia. The railroad remained under Malaysian control as part of a land separation agreement between the two countries. It was later transferred back to Singapore in 2010, and closed as a functioning railroad a year later.
Now, mostly hikers and wildlife enthusiasts roam its tracks. They’re about to be joined by a whole lot more people.