Market day in my quartier, sends me into the most delightful state of sensory overload. A small dog is nestled in the mink coat of an elderly French woman. Canvassers hand out flyers for the upcoming municipal election. The daily specials are shouted out in French and a farmer takes pride in the quality of his harvest. Baskets of flowers bring vibrancy and colour to a grey winter morning. Coins rattle, as customers count out perfect change to pay for their purchases. The scent of food permeates the air. Only the vendors are permitted to touch the food and this strict matter of etiquette is respected. Lineups form and patience is maintained by most. The French chefs are typically the first customers of the day, and they purchase only the best of what’s in season. I observe carefully and follow suit.
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A lifelong traveller and lover of culture, she is Canadian by birth, Indian by heart and European in spirit. She visits two new countries a year and her passports are filled with the stamps of almost 40 countries. She believes that going off the beaten path and spending time with locals, are the best way to understand a country. She holds an MBA and is a self-proclaimed geek and the ultimate paradox. An analytical mind and a romantic at heart, she thinks and dreams in four languages. She has a killer instinct and an indomitable spirit. She believes that being comfortable implies you are standing still and sees change and uncertainty as opportunities to learn and grow. Her eyes are the window to her soul and she smiles widely and often. She is happiest when near water and dances often and with reckless abandon. A voracious reader and lover of to-do lists, she loses herself fully while playing piano. A youth mentor since high school, she believes that kindness and knowledge are to be shared freely and frequently. She believes that coming home is always the best feeling in the world and loves her family and friends deeply. She loves her Indian culture yet salivates over all things Italian. She was born in Burlington, Canada and is now living her dream of residing in Paris, France. · Facebook www.facebook.com/masalandmacarons