How I lived in Paris for 3 months spending under $1000
I bag-packed in Europe for 9 months but the majority of that time I spent in France. I would I spent a little over 3 months in Aulnay Sous Bois – Paris. This is how my journey began and how I was able to live there for so cheap.
Excited and a bit unnerved I couldn’t wait to see what Paris had to offer. I had been dreaming of the day since I can remember. Paris, the city of romance, Paris, the city of beauty and magnificence, Paris, the city of long vacations and ………riots. What part of Paris would I see on my visit?
Well, there is another side of Paris that a lot of people misunderstand by uttering phrases like, French people are rude; the kind side. Here is the plan I/we had made while I was in the first time around.
While in Korea in 2009 I met a few people that became good friends, but more so with two of them, one from Korea and the other from Ireland. We planned on touring Europe together.
The plan was for us to meet in Paris and go from there. Since my contract in Korea ended sooner, I told my friend Allan (from Ireland, the funny and uncouth friend of mine I wouldn’t have any other way) that I would go to New York then go to Paris first and he and the Korean friend (Sophia) of ours will meet me there. But while in New York enjoying my time in Manhattan, something amazing happened.
At the hostel I stayed in Manhattan (506 West 173 Explorer House Hostel), I met a family from Paris. They were visiting their son, Mehdi, and after introductions, we talked a little about why I was in New York, them, and we were doing next.
Upon telling them that I was on my way to Paris for vacation and to meet my friends, they immediately invited me to stay with them. They insisted and I could not refuse and why would I? Three days later I was on the plane to Paris with plans for the family to pick me up at the airport.
That’s how my 9 months in Europe began. More stories from that adventure coming soon. In the meantime, see my photos from France.