Grateful Graduate Project 2013: Reasons 276-285 of 365 to be thankful
Much of life as a student in Paris and London is spent behind a computer, on the desk. The desks become unique spaces that say a lot about the differences between the two cities as places of study.
As I look at my desk in Paris and miss London, I think of the unique aspects of each desk that I am thankful for, inasmuch as these small things create a sense of place. They also give ten more small things that I am grateful to have as part of the daily experience of study in these two great cities –
- A Vintage radio tuned to ‘radio classique’
- Candles from ‘Cire Trudon’ and a small lantern
- Place mats fro the last meal – the table serves as the dining room table as well – and a red coffee mug waiting for the next refill.
- Moleskine notebooks with notes written in pencils
- Several yellow wooden pencils sharpened, that add to the sense of place
- An electronic desk lamp
- Books on the shelf directly overhead
- Very little clutter beside the computer – the kitchen and dining are separate
- Tempting distance to the big bed. Nap time is a key feature of the daily rhythm imposed by the desk’s proximity to the bed
- Earplugs to comply with the noise restrictions under the building’s regulations