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The cost of a month in Paris


The entry you’ve been waiting for! I pieced together my spending paper trail from all my credit card and bank statements, and this is how I spent my money in France: Whether or not that was too extravagant depends on how you look at it. I went into the trip without a budget or spending plan, which probably would have made a tremendous difference in the end cost, but ultimately I’m not bothered by the total. I’m really glad I didn’t backpack it, staying at hostels or couch-surfing (seriously. I met 2 guys that we’re doing that). My apartment was incredible, as was all the food, and so are the clothes I came home with, so I’m going to say the experience was worth every penny. So some of the above is paid for, but the majority is not. I’ve thought about doing a huge transfer from my savings and […]

Remember that time I made drastic life choices on a whim?


No spending recap today because I haven’t been keeping track this month. Sorry guys. I’ve been uncertain how to broach this on the blog for the past week or so. If you remember, I wrote an entry recently about how I don’t think I’m going to cut it in academia. I was still wavering when that was posted, and then two days later I quit graduate school. No, actually. And then I bought a plane ticket to Paris, where I am renting an apartment for the month of May. Seriously. I am not joking here. Stay with me, readers, I know it’s crazy. I know you’re probably sitting in your chair clutching at your desk thinking WHATTHEFUCK. Maybe I made you spit your coffee all over your screen. Or maybe you just kind of smirked and are waiting for me to jump out and yell, April Fools!! … It’s not […]

Cost of vacation


I’ve added up the bills for my trip to San Francisco, and this is the final result: Not expensive at all! I didn’t keep a real tally of the cash I was spending, which is why it’s just labeled “misc”. It’s a mix of coffee, transit passes, taxis, tips, and admission fees to attractions. Probably a meal or two as well, I don’t really remember. I still came in about $100 under the budget I planned for — thanks to a lot of my food being paid for. Friends with cars in SF and those willing to fetch me from the airport after my flight home also deserve credit for saving me some cab fare. I did buy a jacket and a silver necklace from Tiffany, but those don’t fall under “vacation” for me because they weren’t necessarily related to San Francisco, just were things that happened to be purchased […]

Minimalist closet: Packing for SF


I’m leaving for 1 week in San Francisco today, and I wanted to pack light. I loathe lugging around big suitcases, because not only is it a hassle, it just screams “tourist! come rob me” when you’re strolling down the street to your hotel. I decided I would try to get everything into my lululemon bag (that was my schoolbag for 2 years) and a single purse: I succeeded — because in that photo, those bags are packed! In the large lululemon bag, I fit all my clothes.. .. and it’s seriously over-packed. I don’t actually need that many clothes for 7 days, but I guess I’m not quite one the minimalist bandwagon yet because I found myself unable to pare it down further without thinking, “but what if I need this?”. I ended up with 2 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of jeans, 2 basic tank tops, 2 dressy […]