Meeting friends in Paris / by Sara Warden

Bassin de la Villette

Bassin de la Villette

I could not have picked a better hostel to stay at in Paris. It was super welcoming, fun, and I met so many great people. I stayed at The Loft in the Belleville area of Paris, which is located more on the east side of Paris.

When I arrived at the hostel I was super tired from traveling, so decided to lay down for a little while. In my 6 person room I met a girl from Canada who just graduated from college and was completing her last few days of her travels in Paris. She had been traveling for 2 months already. She arrived from Italy, so we talked about where she went, what she did, and what she would recommend since I was planning on heading to Italy after Paris. 

We made dinner together that night, hung out in the kitchen, and talked to a guy from Columbia. He was in Russia for the World Cup. After, I went back to my room and started buying flights, trains and finding hostels for my Italy trip. I ended up going to bed early that night because of jet lag.

The next day (Wednesday August 1) I walked around. I went to Shakespeare and Company for lunch. It was nice to sit and enjoy the weather for a while. Then I walked along the Seine to the Eiffel Tower. I sat in the grass for a while there and watched people take millions of selfies with the Eiffel Tower in the background. 

That night I ate my favorite French food combo - une baguette et Boursin - in Belleville park. It's a must try. I watched the sunset over the Eiffel Tower in the distance. It was super pink and beautiful.

When I got back to the hostel I hung out with people and played games like Jenga and Uno until 2am. We had 12 people playing at once who were all from different countries - US, Iran, Turkey, Belgium, Mexico, Columbia, Chile, Israel, Brazil, Australia, Canada, and England. 

The next morning (Thursday August 2) I got up and finished planning and purchasing things for Italy. I was sitting outside in the terrace area of the hostel and talking to a guy from Israel, named Elam. (I think that's how you spell it) We decided to walk to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Bassin de la Villette, and then to Sacré Cœur. We were both tired, so at Bassin de la Villette we found some chairs in the shade and talked. Then at Sacré Cœur we found some grass in the shade and both took a much needed nap.

Back at the hostel a lot of us hung out in the kitchen and ate dinner. I ate the classic baguette and Boursin. Around 9pm we headed to the park with a few bottles of wine and watched the sunset. 

I think I ended up going to bed at 4am. I had to wake up at 7am for a flight to Turino, Italy at 10:30 the next morning. (Friday August 3). I ended up traveling for about 8 hours I believe. (Walk > metro > flight > bus > train > walk) And now I'm in Genova, Italy!

It's super hot out and I'm too cheap to buy water, so I've been going back to my hostel to fill my water. Also this is going to make my parents really mad, but I realized I haven't eaten a lot in the past 5 days; I haven't been super hungry. In case you're curious I've eaten two baguettes, 5 bags of fruit snacks, 5 granola bars, noodles one night, a sandwich and two apples. Nice.

Anyway, this has gotten too long. Enjoy the photos!