Not much has really been happening since my Spain trip and new year's... I've just been hanging out in Paris, going out with friends, working. The weather has finally turned nice!! We've had a solid week of amazing temperatures, it's been great. The sun has been out, and it's been in the 70s, the flowers are blooming all over the place, it's fantastic. I've been doing a lot of picnics with friends in the Tuileries and at the Sacre Couer. Now that I have my French bank card, I can use the Velib system and bike around Paris, too. I tried it out for the first time yesterday, it's kind of cool. The bikes themselves are a little hard to ride (really heavy, and the seats are super slippery) but it's cool to be able to just rent a bike to get wherever I'm going instead of taking the metro, or even just to bike around for fun.
I'm having my birthday party today at a friend's apartment in Paris after (yet another) picnic in the Tuilieries. I'm gonna have to miss part of my own picnic, though, because I ended up having to just bite the bullet and make a doctor's appointment to do something about my ear. It's been hurting for six days now, ear drops didn't have any effect, and the pain seems to be getting worse. Fortunately one of my friends who's been living here for a while gave me some advice about finding a doctor, so I managed to find one who speaks English who is 'conventionne secteur 1' which apparently means that he has to charge me the minimum price for my visit. So I'll be going there at 2pm today.
Anyway that's about all! I'll be doing some more traveling soon, I'm going to Amsterdam with a friend over Easter weekend. I'll post pictures from that trip after I'm back.