Unzipped Purse Surprise and Celebratory Crepes

*Transcribed from my written journal

Sunday, June 24th
11:57pm (Paris Time)

Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear.
This is my friend Emiliza’s favorite favorite phrase by the way :)
Oh dear. Oh dear. Oh dear.


I don’t even know where to start. I’m going to go a little backwards I think…because I’m feeling a little backwards myself right now. All I have to say is that I’m glad we have somewhere to sleep tonight.

It was an interesting journey to get to this hostel. Emiliza, Clare, and I trekked from Tim’s and Diane’s place in the POURING RAIN to get here. I had made a reservation for this place but we missed the check-in time and our reservation got canceled :( I felt bad because I was majorly lagging after our awesome late lunch (more about that later!)

On the way to this hostel, Emiliza almost got jacked. These very insistent young French girls and an insistent young boy grabbed our bags and “helped” drag them to the top of the stairs for us. We were grateful but at the same time suspicious (no offense). I figured if the girl ran off with my bag, this meant I could go on a shopping spree in Paris so I was less fazed.

However, I’m not sure if I imagined it or not but I could have sworn one of the girls had her hand super close to my bag. I instinctively pulled it closer to me. Luckily, I clipped my bag in such a way that in order to open it, you have to struggle to unclip it. I do this every time I have to pay – a small inconvenience for peace of mind.

Anyway, Emiliza turned toward me with a concerned look on her face – her freaking purse was unzipped and her notebook had fallen out!! Clearly, someone had unzipped it because her purse did not open easily and was closed last time she checked. Luckily, everything was there but it was quite a scare. We were definitely targeted because of all the luggage we were carrying. Just glad everything is in order and that they still helped me carry my bag :)

Back to our hostel situation, hopefully we get to stay in the same room/hostel for the next two nights because we’ve taken a liking to the place. This is of course AFTER we lugged our luggage up 4 flights of stairs. Really we’re just lazy asses and don’t wanna relocate a.k.a drag our shit to a new room :)

To reward ourselves for our hard work… :P we went hunting for some crepes and coffee – ended up at Crepes De Josselin.


Such cute decor, no?



I ordered a “double pancake with bananas flambéed with rum (at the table)“. Sounds good, right?




You’re half right. I think I got tipsy from the sheer alcohol content of it all :D the crepe was not flambéed nearly enough. The parts that were done tasted delicious as the creamy banana was caramelized with tasty rum. I should have asked for a lighter and flambéed the rest of that shit myself.

The first bite of my crepe was all that yummy caramelized banana filling nestled in a warm crepe blanket. Then I took a bite of Clare’s “double pancake with stewed apples flambéed with apple brandy”. I gagged. Hardcore. Except I had shoved a rather large portion of it in my mouth so it was more of a choke (yes, I know…;)).

At any rate, I was choking, making really weird faces (which reminds me, a baby & I had a weird face making contest and I won!), and waving my hands in front of my face, you know, to dissipate the taste :P The waiter noticed and looked super concerned so I kept trying to reassure him through a mouthful of YECH (in my opinion) that it was ok and the crepe was just hot. Haha. Poor guy, he was super nice.

At least Emiliza clearly loved her vegetarian crepe (don’t remember what was in it, just remember she subbed our egg for some eggplant! :)) – that shit was GONE in 2 seconds :P

By the way, please excuse my rambling! I haven’t posted in so long and my Facebook is still locked because they think I’m a hacker :( so I’m going through major withdrawals!! Haha.

Anyway, it’s been nice to have a break from Facebook and Internet in general. I’m not going to lie, the urge is still within me and I actively miss it. For me, when I post on Fb or anything like that, I’m doing it for me. I like to know where I’ve been, what I was doing, and what I was eating! Haha. So it’s been hard but I’ve been trying to document where I’ve been on my culinary adventures :) besides, these breaks from the Internet allow me to catch up with Emiliza in person! So much better than Skype :D especially when we happen to stumble upon the topic of “Soulja Boy,” right Emiliza? “Yoo” know what I’m talking about!! :P hahaha.

And with that, it’s time to sign off again! I have some awesomely detailed notes all ready to go for a future post so I can update you on the last few days that I missed :) alas, I am le tired and it’s time for bed! Merci! Au revoir!! ;)


9 Responses to “Unzipped Purse Surprise and Celebratory Crepes”
  1. ivangomeztv says:

    Cool! Glad you guys are doing well :)


  2. Mark Davis says:

    Aha! So that’s what happened to your Facebook :P. Forgot I got this in e-mail form and finally found your blog again last night (saved to favorites). Sounds like you’re having an interesting time haha.

    Awesome photographs!


    • vyvacious says:

      Yeah. Still slightly sad about that. Haha. But what can you do, right?

      Oh yay! I feel so special :)

      Oh I am! Loving it! :D

      Thanks so much :) yay for my iPhone!


  3. sylvi says:

    Oh man, how scary! Close call with the near luggage/bag nabbing situation. This almost happened to my friend when we went traveling too. She was walking in front of me and there was this guy walking slightly beside/behind her and he was JUST about to pick-pocket her bag when I grabbed her arm and said “HEY!” really loud as if I wanted to show her something. The guy was so startled he power walked away, lost in the crowd.

    And in this case, I’m really glad you you got locked out of your fb. Hahaha. I see you’re enjoying your trip and company more. Before you know it, you won’t even remember about having a fb. RIGHT??? :D


    • vyvacious says:

      Yeah it was definitely nerve wracking at the time. Since then we’ve up our precautionary measures :)

      Good job on deterring that jerk! It bothers me that ppl are so quick to take what’s not theirs here instead of earning money on their own.

      I am NOT glad I got locked out of my Fb!! Still really sad about that :( especially because as much as I document where I’ve been and what I’ve eaten/done, I’m definitely more proficient when I do it immediately with Fb. Also, my friends keep forgetting and they say I’m gonna tag you or mention something on Fb and I get sad. Hahaha! It is nice to be free for a little bit though… :)


  4. Jenna Kvidt says:

    Oh dear is right! :) Glad they didn’t run off with your bags and you found a place to stay! And that crepe sounds horrible–your reaction sounds like mine when I tried the rose macaroon! Too bad it had to be a big bite too, right?! Eek!


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