Paris Is Just Not That Into You podcast: The struggles of an Australian patissière in Paris
Last Christmas when I was back in Australia I received a message from an old University friend I hadn't heard from in a while telling me that she would be moving to Paris in January. Given that we had studied Media and Communications together, imagine my surprise to learn that the lovely Zahara had since thrown in the proverbial towel on her Marketing career in order launch her own baking company Beurre Cakes and Pastries! Zahara was now headed to Paris with her wonderful husband Ed in tow (they were already a delightful item back in our Uni days so I was very happy to discover that they had since tied the knot) in order to gain a year's experience working in the world-renowned yet infamous patisserie industry of Paris.
Since the move happened in January, the two of us have been meeting up for regular coffees, milkshakes and carrot cake to bemoan our common expat lot in Paris and to laugh ourselves silly at the ridiculous events which befall us both.
It was during one similar catch-up that I realised that I am not the only expat left with the feeling that Paris is "just not that into" them. Since moving to Paris, Zahara has been screamed at for the unforgivable sin of mixing butter-cream on speed three; she has had a tearful breakdown in a fruit-fridge; and she once turned up to work only to realise that she had been rostered on the previous day and that her colleagues were demanding retribution for her absence.
In fact, Zahara's butter-cream filled misadventures are much more funny and interesting than my own. But given that appropriating her identity for use on my blog didn't seem a viable option, I settled for the next best thing. Following some misinformed internet research I gathered the equipment necessary to launch a podcast. My mission was to unearth the stories of other expats who are struggling in a city that they love more than anything but which doesn't seem to love them back.
What follows is two total amateurs leading a discussion about Zahara's hilarious experience working for one of Paris' most renowned patissiéries. It turned out to be quite funny and interesting if I do say so myself. And might I also add that I have a newfound respect for my friends and family who listen to my belaboured voice and cackling laughter day-in-day-out - during the hours it took me to edit this podcast I was struck with the very confusing desire to wring my own neck!
Annnnyhooo... the annoyingness of my voice is easily compensated by Zahara's dulcet tones, and by the "sweetness" of her story (oh yes, I did! ;)). I am very excited/proud/nervous to present you with this podcast, which I hope will become a recurring segment on the blog. We certainly had fun making it in any case!
If you would like to subscribe to the podcast you can do so on iTunes. If you liked it please leave a rating and review as this will help others find it (enfin, if you didn't like it please also feel free to leave a rating and review - I'm not Kim Jong-Un!). And if you would like to suggest other expats living out misadventures in Paris please don't be shy!
If you would like to follow Zahara's story, you can do so on her Instagram account beurrecakes, or on her blog Ten Thousand Hours. If you would like to die from just how cute her and her husband are, and just how delicious her cakes are, keep scrolling down.