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April was definitely a month of changes. Since the beginning of March, I had been applying for internships. Originally I looked into internships with political organizations but as it turned out, doing a major in politics and even getting lots of A’s in my poli sci classes is not enough to beat out the intense competition.

Afterwards I thought, what makes me stand out as a candidate? In what fields do I have the most experience in? It easily came down to writing, art/design and social media, so I applied for a bunch of internship positions in these fields and the offers started coming in!

One of them happened to be working for the Nike European Headquarters in Hilversum, Netherlands. As a huge fan of Nike, I couldn’t have accepted my offer any faster (this was of course after jumping up and down for a solid few minutes!!)

And then all of a sudden, I was moving to the Netherlands!!!

Since the internship started a month after I received my offer, April was all of a sudden filled with things to plan and do. There were quite the ups and downs, and a slew of adventures, frustrations, and everything in between. In the upcoming days, I’ll be posting more about them in detail but for now, here’s a sampling of what’s to come!

I’m so excited to fill you guys in on my latest adventures!

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Paris, Part III (Versailles!)

by Michelle on May 7, 2015 · 4 comments

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This is the last of the Paris series! I decided to group my 3rd and last day of Paris together in one post since I’m a bit behind in my posts…I’m currently living in the Netherlands and am really excited to give you guys all the updates in my next post!

The palace of Versailles has been a place I’ve wanted to go ever since we learned about the French Revolution back in high school history class. That also happened to be around that time when that Marie Antoinette movie (with Kirsten Dunst) came out and I was a little bit obsessed with it. The last time I was in Paris, there were so many things I wanted to do in the city that I never really got to venture outside the city centre, but this time the boyfriend was like, “we’re going to Versailles” so we went to Versailles.

If you’re a EU resident 25 or younger, admission to the palace is free, or otherwise it’s 15 euros. Unfortunately for me, if we had gone two days before I would’ve gotten to go for free (damn you turning 26!)

When we were there, the place itself was pretty packed so I can’t imagine how big the crowds must be during peak season. I would definitely recommend going early to try to beat the bulk of the crowd (it’s definitely worth it!)

Versailles itself was super gorgeous but I was a bit disappointed that you don’t get to see that much of the palace itself and of the rooms you do get to see, most of them are only half or barely furnished. Nonetheless, if you can get past the sheer number of people frantically taking photos on their iPads and with their selfie sticks, it was fun walking around imagining what it must’ve been like living here as a royal back in the day.

As always when I post about somewhere historical, some super interesting fun facts await…hooray!

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Paris, Part II

by Michelle on April 30, 2015 · 8 comments

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The second day when we were in Paris was also my birthday.

Turning 26 was pretty scary – especially that moment when you realize that now you’re closer to 30 than 20!

It was similar to when I was 19 and was anticipating that big turn to 20, where I’ll no longer be a teen. I still remember then I was going to art school in Chicago and during my panicked anticipation, worked on lots of paintings and applied for a competitive slot that the uni’s art show so that I would have a lot to show forth turning 20. Luckily, I did get a slot and managed to sell quite a bit of art! I still remember getting a nice paycheck from the show. Rather than spending it on myself, I surprised my parents with it so that they could buy something nice for themselves, and I told them “this is my first pay check as an artist…and there’s a lot more in the future where that came from!”

My birthday ambitions aren’t any different this year after scoring my dream internship in the Netherlands (which I’ll reveal in an upcoming post!)

Anyway back to Paris!

The weather was gorgeous the whole time we were in Paris, and on the second day we decided to walk around and revisit all the pretty attractions we’ve been to before, like the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre.

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My birthday in Paris, Part 1

by Michelle on April 23, 2015 · 11 comments

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April has been one of the craziest months I’ve had in a long time. There’s so many upcoming changes in my life, including a move to another country in a week! I will definitely be filling you guys in on everything in the upcoming days/weeks!

Anyway it was my birthday on the 18th and keeping with the tradition of traveling somewhere fun with my boyfriend for my birthday, we decided to go to Paris this year. I visited Paris a few years back when I went to Europe for the first time, and while I liked the city enough, somehow the last time, I didn’t fall in love with the city like I thought I would.

Having only been there once a few years back, I thought Paris would be fun to revisit for my birthday. Since I’m was turning 26 (yikes! I’ve approach the age where I no longer qualify for youth discounts!), I thought it would be fun to revisit all my favourite impressionist art museums while I still qualified for all the discounted rates. (And of course being in Germany for so long, Paris is always a nice escape!)

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Exploring the Munich Botanical Gardens

by Michelle April 2, 2015

Last weekend (before Southern Germany got stuck in this continuous storm that’s still brewing outside), Miriam and Yann’s parents all came to visit us in Munich. We all had such a fun time, although one thing that really stood out was our trip to the Botanical Gardens. It’s near the Nymphenburg Palace, which I’ve been to, but somehow we never […]

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Instafamous! 6 quick tips on taking the perfect Instagram photo

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by Michelle March 23, 2015

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Happy Friday the 13th! Are you ready for some strange facts?

by Michelle March 13, 2015

Friday the 13th doesn’t come around too often, so when it does it always seems to make that given Friday even more interesting (or a day to be extra cautious depending on how superstitious you are!). Around the world, many countries see Friday the 13th as an unlucky day…even in Germany where the people are oh so practical. Although I […]

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The Cliffs of Moher

by Michelle March 10, 2015

Every country has a special “must-see” and the Cliffs of Moher are definitley that in Ireland. It’s no wonder too that the cliffs draw more than a million visitors from all over the world annually! I’ve seen photos of the cliffs before going, and I especially love the fact that depending on the weather, whether it’s bright and sunny, or […]

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My Top 5 things to do in Dublin, Ireland

by Michelle March 1, 2015

My trip to Ireland happened pretty spontaneously when my American friend Tania decided on doing a Eurotrip for a month, and we were deciding on where we’d like to meet up. A Ryanair flight to Dublin at an irresistible price came under my radar and that settled that. My Canadian friend Miriam who’s currently living in Zurich decided to join […]

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