Parisian New Years Eve of 2012 and The After Effect

Parisian New Years Eve of 2012 and The After Effect

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Young and maybe stupid but always a little bit wiser one year after another… Maybe.

➳ Photographer: Evan Kristine

➳ Location: Ghent, Belgium

Website: Pretty, Wild World (this one)


➳ The after effect of the Parisian New Years Eve of 2012

Ghent, Belgium – circa January of 2013, an eventful start of a new year. The summer before, my friend and I decided to travel together covering few cities in Europe, starting from Paris and ending our journey in Amsterdam (of course). We’re both travellers by heart and with the history we had, our friendship is odd – but we got along, nevertheless. He’s a great travel companion.

“Let’s go to Paris”, he said.

“Yes!”, I replied.

Both under the age of twenty-six, we abused the young discount fare of the intercontinental train between big cities and of we go. Young, wild and sometimes stupid. Sums up our generation, I thought. You only live once; I reminded myself.

“Let’s go CouchSurfing!” I suggested.

I was not broke but its the thrill that keeps a person alive and so we slept on strangers home. Why? Because why not. Absurd? I’d think so thirty years from now. But not when you are twenty-three.

Ghent was marvelous. It’s beauty beyond words. Ghent was a feast for the eyes. It is where the idea of roaming the world started – ironic enough, with a hang-over. It is a pretty, wild world indeed.

The Parisian New Years Eve comes with an after effect, it was an experience – alcohol the next day makes you realize the life you have. Maybe bad, maybe good. Nevertheless, wonderful memories are never forgotten. If ever you intend to visit this marvelous city, here are practical tips for visiting Paris.

P.S
Photo was taken using Diana Mini 35mm Toy Camera with Flash


Parisian New Years Eve of 2012 and The After Effect

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42 comments

  1. I love this! Short and sweet but beautiful writing none the less. Also, what a great photo. Slight blurriness like most of us are the day after being young wild and free. Glad I stumbled upon this piece on Twitter.

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    1. Hi Alex, thank you so much for your kind words! The photo is taken using my film camera hence the blurriness :)

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  2. Nice photo! I definitely have a nostalgic view of those carefree travels I had in my late teens and early twenties!

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  3. What a great idea. We will look through our photos to see what we can share!

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  4. adventures at any age are great, and i actually am planning a trip with a friend to discover costa rica a little bit more. i think the photojournal is an awesome idea and will check my photos to see what i can share!

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    1. Thank you! And please, do send me an email if you come up with something :)

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  5. Love the way the photo itself feels nostalgic to go along with the story.

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    1. Thank you for the kind words, Sarah!

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  6. Ah memories... the good, the bad and the ugly but still your memories. It's always nice to reflect on how far we've come or how much less we can drink LOL

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  7. Love the Diana effect in this one! A New Years Eve in Paris is definitely one to remember.

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  8. Some of my greatest ideas have come when hungover! I love this pic and the story behind it and I hope to make it here myself one day.

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  9. New Years Day always has a peculiar feel to it - I think your photo really encompasses that :)

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    1. Thank you, Emily! Thats what NY does to you :D

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  10. Great way to capture a defining moment in time :-)

    Even in my mid 30's, it doesn't sound crazy!

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  11. The photo does indeed reflect the idea of the "night after". :)
    I love going Couchsurfing and having guests at my house. I love their stories and I love discovering new things every day! I have to admit, I do make my guests cook something from their country, but that's just cause I am a big foodie :)

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    1. That was also the case when I did couchsurfing! It is basically the only thing our hosts asked from us which, of course, we're more than glad to do :)

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  12. It's great to reflect on memories whether they were good decisions or bad! I would love to spend a holiday in Paris. Seems very romantic but maybe that's just the movies telling me that!

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    1. That is so true Laura! You should certainly visit Paris when you get a chance. It is a romantic city! You'll love it.

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  13. I like that the photo reflects the idea of "the night after" so well; the haze, the closed umbrellas that indicate closed shops, the relatively quiet street. As for couchsurfing, I still haven't broken into that area of travel- I'm a little too nervous to do it solo and I generally enjoy the bustle of hostels. I DO want to try it someday, thought!

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    1. Couchsurfing almost five years ago has been far different from what I heard it is now. It used to be such a great community which people used to connect with locals. It is still worth a try though, do it slowly by attending CS meetings in your local city/town!

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  14. This is what one would call as 'short but sweet'. :) it's often those impulsive adventures that bring forth the best stories and memories! Speaking of Ghent too, I'm glad that you fell in love with that place — because I love that city myself. It's small but absolutely charming. :)

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    1. Thank you, Aileen! I wish to be back there though, such a pretty place.

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  15. What a fresh idea. I love reflecting on a place and experience through one photo.

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    1. Thank you Elaine! I'm glad that it showed what I was hoping for people to understand :)

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  16. I had no idea that there were travel discounts for those 26 and younger. What a wonderful concept! Thank you for sharing about your travels...and couch surfing!

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    1. Yes! I think until now they have it. Even Ryanair have it if I remember correctly!

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  17. Interesting and fun experience you have had. It is great to move ahead with gay abandon and live and enjoy each moment of the experience. This leaves great memories to be savoured lovingly for many years.

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    1. Thanks a bunch Vyjay!

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  18. I love the idea of the Photojournal! And this picture takes me back in the day to when I did film. I never had a Diana, although I did have an Holga which is a similar kind of plastic "toy" camera!

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    1. Yes! I like it too :) I actually miss taking photos using my toy camera. Only if developing it is cheap! Nowadays it is crazy expensive!

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  19. Remembering those good ol' days is actually one of my pass time these days ... HA ... Such a cliche but YES, time flies so fast!!! I remember clearly my bold, fearless and carefree self... and I guess we are what we are today because of the past. Thanks for this post. Such a beautiful as well.

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    1. True! We always live in the past because well, what do we really know of the future? It is always great to remember the good ol days! :)

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  20. I'm 32 and my wife is 28 and we couchsurfed in many countries both in Europe and Asia. Not for the thrill of it but because you will always get something out of it. You always go places you wouldn't go if you went to a hotel.

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    1. I couldn't agree more Renato! It is always great to connect with the locals!

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  21. Thanks for sharing this story. Now I'm interested to know more about your experiences in Ghent.

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    1. Maybe I'll share it one day Lara :) These were the days when I have been so lazy to take a photo!

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  22. Your writing has such a nostalgic feel especially paired with the photo. 2012 seems like ages ago, would love to spend NYE in Paris one day.

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    1. I know right? It is crazy!

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  23. I think this series is going to be a hit! And you're right, wonderful memories are never forgotten and sometimes even the smallest things can bring dormant memories back to life.

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  24. "Alcohol the next day makes you realize the life you have. Maybe bad, maybe good. Nevertheless, wonderful memories are never forgotten" I need this on a bumper sticker. I like your style of story telling its great. The pictures you take are next level ishhh!!! great post :)

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    1. Hahaha, thanks! Alcohol does wonders sometimes, even give you wonderful stories to tell ;)

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  25. Haven't we all done some stupid things when we were young? But honestly, those times where we pushed ourselves outside our comfort zone usually make for the best stories ;-)

    The picture is really cool. It reminds me of going through my family photo albums from the 70s and 80s and even though I don't know anyone in the picture, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy! I love it!

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