I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling…

me

Old.

It was my 22nd birthday recently! I’m happy that I was able to spend it abroad, finally.

The first half of the day was very low-key. Birthdays are always a weird time of year for me so I treated myself to a day in, catching up on the web, napping, and reading.

Starting from 16:00, the shenanigans began with a run up the Bastille… where I learned that I’m an out-of-shape 22-year-old. I wasn’t sure if it was the angle of the slopes or if I really can’t run anymore, but I could only do one slope run, followed by a slope walk.

On the way down (the only time we could really talk), we chatted about what to eat for dinner. Of course we would dream about our next luxurious meal while trying to stave off obesity.

sushi We decided to order sushi for the first time from Sushi Shop. Compared to the sushi I got at Carrefour at that one low point of my life when I needed a fix, it was much better. Compared to the sushi I’ve had back in the states, it wasn’t that great. I think I was most disappointed in the temaki, because of its size and how deflated it looked.

While the food took 1 hour to get here, we cleaned up real good.

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 And ate cake batter while waiting for the cake to rise.

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IMG_1418 IMG_1433 IMG_1452 IMG_1460 IMG_1461  After eating, we rushed to a nearby bar called Barbarousse, which was pirate themed! All the bars Arnaud has taken us to so far have been amazing and themed. So cool.

There, I was treated to some pretty amazing birthday shots:

fire shot And we danced the rest of the night away…

As we were leaving, a guy in his mid-30s approached me to ask if I was American. His reason being that only Americans danced the way we did in bars. Arnaud later told me that he had been watching us for hours.

I’ve never been so grateful that guys here don’t sneak attack you on the dance floor.

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  • Annie

    How’s the sushi compare to the ones we had at Tsukiji fish market? ;)

    • Michelle

      Ha. No comparison.

  • http://ohsweetreverie.blogspot.com Ileana @ Sweet Reverie

    First off, Happy Belated Birthday!

    Those shots look amazing! & I love your hair color! Looks like you had a great time with friends.
    *cheers to being 22!*

    • Michelle

      Thanks so much! Those shots WERE amazing. But I was scared of being burned!

  • http://www.thebigmansworld.com Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Sounds like such a great weekend.

    NEVER order Asian food in France or Italy- worst ever.

    • Michelle

      LOL I know this in the back of my mind… but for some reason I keep trying.

  • http://hellohealthyeating.com Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com

    Happy Birthday! That bread looks very tasty btw!! Sounds fun :)

    • Michelle

      Thank you!! It was a blast—and the bread was also the best! Nothing compared to brownies though :'(

  • http://www.onetonothin.com mackensie

    Ahhh happy belated birthday!! This looks like soo much fun. WAY jealous.

    • Michelle

      Thank you! :) It was incredible.