We’ll Always Have Paris et al.

As many of you know, I have recently come into a small fortune.

As such, I expect you’re wanting to know what I plan on doing with my newfound wealth.

I mean, it just doesn’t seem right, somehow, to spend it all on DDP or armpit wax. I need to spend my $250 on something that means something.

Something meaningful, I mean.

So I’m going to Paris.

This is not a joke.

I am going to Paris. I will be there during the first and second week in June.

Obviously it will take more than two hundred fifty dollars to get me there, which is where Poor Kyle (a.k.a. Sugar Daddy) comes in.

So here’s the skinny:

Last year around this time, Poor Kyle started truck driving for a living. He was gone a lot. As in, like, he worked 80-90 hours a week. So I didn’t get to see him very often, which meant he felt guilty all the time because I was pretty much bummed about it, and so when I saw an announcement on the University message board about a summer school class in Paris, and brought up said announcement to Poor Kyle during one of our many late-night phone conversations, his aforementioned guilt spurred him into saying, “That’s a great idea, babe! You should go!”

I was shocked. I mean, I knew my husband loved me and supported my dreams, but a trip to Paris would be expensive, and we hadn’t really planned for it.

In the end I decided to forgo the trip, but it has been on my mind ever since.

At the beginning of this school year back in September, I even added it to my list of goals for the year:

And usually when I write down my goals and post them on my bathroom mirror, I see to it that they are accomplished.

So that’s the story of how it came to pass that I am signed up for the Paris summer school class in June.

Now, I have led you all to believe that this current semester will be my last ever, that I will finish classes in April and be done, graduated, the end, hooray.

But I’ve not been completely honest with you. After taking five classes this semester, I will still have one class to take before qualifying for graduation.

Paris will be that class.

Picture this: A summer school class that counts toward any major. It takes thirteen days from start to finish. It requires no research paper, class presentation, or final exam. There are no group projects (gag), there is no homework. No assigned reading. Nothing but going to museums in the morning and having free time every afternoon. In Paris.

Yes, the cost of the class will be equivalent to one entire semester of pre-resident-status classes, i.e. pretty expensive, but!

Even if it wasn’t in Paris, getting an entire three credits done in thirteen days with no final paper to write or exam to take would be worth several extra thousand dollars to me.

The fact that it’s in Paris is just a bit of Nutella™ on the crépe.

But then the plot thickens:

Poor Kyle, supportive as he always usually is, thinks that if I’m going all that way to be in Europe, I should stretch it out a bit. Hang around, get a few more stamps in the good ol’ passport, see what’s up. Since I’ll already be there and all.

Yes, it would be more expensive to do that, but the biggest expense of all is getting across the Atlantic, and that part is covered by the initial fee for the class…so I’m thinking about taking him up on the offer and sticking around.

But so I’m just wondering if any of my European friends would be interested in either a) hosting me for a couple of nights, or b) meeting up somewhere in the general vicinity of the continent. I have several fantastic readers over there who I would love to meet in real life, which I guess could make me kind of weird but hopefully not.

If I don’t have any takers on that idea, I might look into some sort of couch surfing deal or home exchange or maybe just some old fashioned hostels.

I really have no idea where any of this is going to take me.

But I’m going to Europe as a graduation present, and no matter what, I am going to make it awesome.

And you can expect a couple weeks’ worth of really excellent blog posts.


p.s. I cannot offer much in the way of financial reimbursements for crashing on the couches of my European friends, but I can promise loads and loads of Canadian chocolate bars which are pretty much world renowned…

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at facebook.com/archivesofourlives, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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13 Responses to We’ll Always Have Paris et al.

  1. Chloe says:

    OMG OMG!!!!!! I’m so excited!!!!
    I would like to meet you!!! Would you come to Spain too???
    I can’t afford to go to Paris right now… To be honest.
    But you’re invited to come and stay in Seville :) if you want!

  2. that’s amazing! so excited for you.

    i’m hoping to finally make it to europe soon.

  3. Ros Holden says:

    If you fancy a trip to Blighty, feel free to crash on my couch!

    Fantastic news!

  4. Rachel says:

    Are you planning on coming to UK?!?
    We live in the back of beyond BUT we might be moving to Cardiff in the summer which would be MUCH more convenient for visiting!

  5. Alaina says:

    That is so freaking awesome! You’ll have an amazing time and what a supporting husband! I only wish I could be one of those cool European friends for you to visit. Indiana just isn’t as glamorous…

  6. Maureen says:

    That is really cool! And even though I am jealous, I should remember that I did the same thing in college, just in England. And I must say it was the best decision I ever made. You will have a great time! Also, I like the idea of the to-do list on the mirror. I need to do that.

  7. shalynna says:

    Camille! This is great news! I’m so happy for you. I wish I could come see you for part of it. Wouldn’t it be a great friendship if every time we saw each other we were in different countries? I can’t wait to hear stories and see photos!

  8. anna says:

    Awesome! I don’t have many regrets, but not traveling abroad in college is one of them. Especially since I managed to marry someone that has absolutely NO desire to ever leave the US.

  9. I’m seething with jealousy! (Okay, maybe seething is too harsh a word.)


  10. TeamHaynes says:

    Oh wow! Paris sounds absolutely fabulous. And lovely. And wonderful. Oh I’m just gushing with excitement for you! Really, I promise. I’ve had friends talk about their educational travels being some of their best memories. I still have the coffee table books my friend got us from England. Those will be really cool blog posts for you there, not to mention you’ll get so many great pictures of structures and food and museums and people and fun! Really cool! And with prize money? And with college credit? BAM!
    That is really great of PK to say you should go and STAY for a while! Supportive husbands are so awesome! How nice to see some people on here already offering, good to know there’s friends around the world!

    I wish I lived in Europe now.

  11. Christal says:

    I am so so so freakin excited for you that is my dream can i please come with you!!!SERIOUSLY enjoy every minute that is so awesome!! I am insanely jealous..lucky girl!!

  12. Carmen says:

    Wow! What an amazing life experience. I know you will love it. Can’t wait to see where you go and what you see.

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