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So excited by today's hike in the countryside!!!

Monday, August 15, 2011      15 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today was a day off in France. And the sun was shining! So I bet you already know what I did... Of course, I went hiking! I went back to the Vexin area (North-West of Paris), which is so convenient for me as it is o... Read more

Sunday's Nature poetry

Sunday, August 14, 2011      12 comments

I had to finish a piece of work today but, late afternoon, I went for a short walk in the forest... Just to bring a bit of poetry to a Sunday evening... I should have... Read more

Saturday walk in Paris above the trees! (lots of pictures!)

Saturday, August 13, 2011      14 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! WARNING: LOTS of pictures... sorry, I got a bit carried away!!! Another Saturday walk! In Paris again, as it rained most of the day. Only a few weeks ago, not only I wouldn’t have gone for a 2 hours-walk alone,... Read more

Have you ever been to a ‘pick your own’ farm?

Sunday, August 07, 2011      17 comments

There are two ‘pick your own’ farms about 15 minutes away from where I live. For a while, I have been thinking ‘I should go one day’... without ever doing it! As Sparkpeople is so great at encouraging me to live my life fully and try new things,... Read more

My Saturday hike around one of Paris ‘villages’ (lots of pictures!)

Saturday, August 06, 2011      12 comments

Dear Sparkfriends, Let’s be honest, it didn’t start too well. I opened my shutters this morning and the sky was so grey! Grey with big dark clouds. Hum. No weather for a hike in the countryside! So I took my umbrella and decided to go ... Read more

Yesterday's adventure... both invigorating and relaxing!

Friday, August 05, 2011      14 comments

Hello Sparkfriends! Thank you for your encouragements on my blog yesterday! Wow, thanks to you all, I felt so strong when I arrived at the swimming pool! The swimming pool really is beautiful and there is indeed so little chlorine that... Read more

Going on an adventure tonight!...

Thursday, August 04, 2011      13 comments

Hello Sparkfriends! Being on Sparkpeople is an adventure, I am sure most of you would agree! It motivates us to understand ourselves better, to push our limits further, to try new workouts, new foods, and often it is just really a lot of FU... Read more

My Saturday hike in the French countryside (with lots of pictures!)

Saturday, July 30, 2011      15 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I really haven’t been walking much since I started gaining a lot of weight. A few months ago, my doctor said not only running but also walking was bad for my sciatica problems, so that was it, I hardly walked at all... Read more

6 months Sparkversary... Should I give up?

Saturday, July 23, 2011      16 comments

I cannot believe it is my 6 months Sparkversary today! You might look at my weight tracker and wonder: “6 months on Sparkpeople... and only 2 kilos lost?” I know! I have actually gained 5 kilos and lost 2 of those during the last week... It mean... Read more

Come to Burundi with me (LOTS of pictures!)...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011      20 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am just back in Paris after a long journey and a sleepless night on the plane. A bit tired but everything went well and it is good to be home. Several of you mentioned you would like to see some photos of my ... Read more

My unpleasant experience at the police station

Sunday, June 19, 2011      19 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! emoticon I had an unpleasant experience this morning, and I thought I needed some ‘blo... Read more

Flying to Burundi tomorrow

Saturday, June 11, 2011      10 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! I am leaving early tomorrow morning for Burundi, where I’ll stay for 10 days. I’ll visit our projects there, literacy among others (literacy is always one of my favorites!). I’ll travel with Joaquim, the fantastic p... Read more

'Ma balance' - a moody kitchen scale!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011      8 comments

Hello dear Sparkfriends! Today I come to you for help and advice! emoticon Let me introduce you to ‘ma balance’, ... Read more

Meeting Its_Reality today – or how I met my sister for the first time!

Saturday, May 21, 2011      13 comments

Have you ever felt like you have known for a long time someone you actually only just met? This is how I felt with Marianne (Sparkfriend Its_Reality) today! We had exchanged lots of emails ever since we met on SP earlier this year and, eve... Read more

Yesterday I woke up...

Saturday, April 23, 2011      14 comments

... and I had this incredible pain in my calves. It felt like I couldn’t walk, the pain was excruciating. I thought: “Ok, I didn’t run a marathon, what is happening?” I knew what was happening: it was all in my head. I had a tough day ahead with... Read more


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