To that end, I left my apartment today (I don't have class on Mondays) with literally nothing on the agenda. Vaguely hungry, I decided to go to one of the CROUS (Centre Régional des Oeuvres Universitaries et Scholaires) cafeterias near my apartment. CROUS restaurants are these magic little places where French students can get a serviceable, rounded meal for only 3.25 euro. I arrived too late, but was re-directed to a CROUS café near Mabillon. I'd passed the place a thousand times, but didn't realize it was a CROUS restaurant until today. The food wasn't as good, but it's good to know that it's there.
|Meal from CROUS on Rue Mazet (the good one). Nom nom.|
I decided to go to the Louvre, because I haven't been since I've arrived, and I gotta get in all of my museum visits before I turn 26 and they aren't free anymore lol. There was no line, but the security was fairly rigorous. There was a cool art installation in the ancient Egyptian section that provided fun selfie lighting.
|Flags at half mast...|
|Literally no line...unheard of.|
|Claude Lévêque light installation.|
Looking at the Egyptian artifacts was comforting in that it gave me a sense of human history, and more generally, time. Time doesn't just stop when something tragic happens, it continues to go on. People have walked the earth long before I have, and God willing, they still will long after I'm gone and the pain of this tragedy has melted away.
|I would love to own a dress like this. Beautiful!|
On the way home, I noticed that the first of the city's Christmas lights are being turned on, and it made me smile. [Insert allegory about "hope"/"light in the darkness" here]
|Christmas is coming?!?|
|That's cool. Cuz I love it.|