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Three types of people, three types of joy. Who is the happiest? (喜びの 違いで分ける三種類の人間)

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One week from now I will have lived one year in Paris.  I remember landing on a dark rainy morning with some trepidation, which was soon repelled by the magic of Paris, all decked out in Christmas fashion.    This year, I am observing the Parisians putting up decoration on their shops, maisons and jardins.  That took some magical wonder out of the end result, but it was appreciative in a different way.  The joy of making Christmas spirit.    As you know, there are three types of people regarding the kind of joy they choose.   One is ‘the Builder’ inclusive of creators, makers, or people who prepare things.  They mostly do so for the pure joy of making things and if it pleases the world, great!   Second comes ‘the Dependent’ who rely on others for fulfilling their needs.  They copy the ideas for a quick money, or convince ‘the Builder’ that it his/her mission is to please the Dependent.  The ultimate example is ‘gold digger’   The third one seeks a dirk joy in destroying the fruit of ot

Business as usual with a hint of Christmas (ごく地味な私のパリ生活)

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The mere mention of ‘Paris’ and my blog instantly attracted more readers than ever before.  My apology in advance if you were expecting a blog about glamorous Paris living.  Not for me.  My school starts next month and I am looking at 20 lessons per week.  I  I hope to achieve an advanced-intermediate level in French by the end of the next year.  My life here so far has been mandane.  It was about going to hardware shops, opening a bank account, registering for loyalty cards of supermarkets and shops, and cleaning my new apartment.  I will not be going out of my way to visit café or restaurants, not until I have accomplished what I set out to do.  The one café I mentioned in my last blog happened to be on my way to some other place.  Otherwise, I would not have cared and there was nothing exciting to update on my blog.   But since this is Christmas, I have uploaded a small Christmas bouquet that I bought from a vendor on the street for only 2 Euros.  Also what is Noël without a Bouche