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I told you that I was behind. I normally post on Wednesdays. But the thing is: despite the fact that I have stopped being employed I have never been busier. I suppose that I need to catch up with lots of things. On a positive note, I found some new clients for my business and it looks like resigning has in fact allowed different opportunities to come to me. Maybe I am not cut out for the corporate world after all.
The theme of this week blog hop is  “Mistake Of Youth”. Come on, share one of your mistakes of youth with me. I will share one of mine with you.
OK, here we go.
I was young and probably wanted to impress some geeky fellow student (knowing me, it can be the only reason, and the sad fact of the matter is that I completely forgot whom I wanted to impress. I can’t remember a face or a name. Life is cruel).
I was studying in Paris at the time and with my Renault Clio I was feeling on top of the world. I had just passed my driving license and was far from being a confident driver. But of course I wanted to pretend the opposite.

There is a huge roundabout in Paris called “la Place de L’Etoile”, around “L’Arc de Triomphe”. It is on top of the Champs Elysees and basically the rules of the game, when you drive, are: look forward, look to the right (in France, the rule is to give priority to the right), and don’t brake. It is a known difficult spot, and if you have an accident there your insurance company will not even try to understand, the blame will be 50-50 between you and the other driver.

I bet that I would drive “Le Rond Point De L’etoile” the wrong way. I remember being mortified but I didn’t want to back down.  So I prepared everything and decided to go at the safest possible time. I did it on a Tuesday night at 3 am. I was lucky. The roundabout was completely empty. I did it and won my silly bet.
Now, 20 years later, I still don’t understand what went into me.
So please, tell me I am not the only one.
I also would like to draw your attention to a beautiful post from Stuart, a fellow blogger, called my worst mistake.

The rules of the Blog hop are very simple:
1. Follow me on GFC and Twitter if you have an account – I will follow back ;
2. Leave a link to your blog below -if you have one-;
3. Share a mistake you have made in the comments. Please do it for the rest of us!
4. Visit as many other blogs as you can!
5. Have fun!

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • If you were going to do it at least you did it kind of smart by doing it in the middle of the night! We do crazy things to impress the boys don’t we 🙂

  • I believe the expression is “cajonies” – you got ’em!

  • I made so many mistakes in my youth, many of them involving driving, that it’s hard to pick just one. I once did puppet shows for extra cash and the puppet stage was a foldable wooden flat. The first time we had to transport it downtown for a festival we found out it would not fit in the car, even though the car was a big ancient station wagon. My friends and I decided to put the stage on the roof of the car but we could not find any rope or a bungee cord. So my two friends sat with their legs inside the car on the back seat and their butts on the open window ledges and held the thing on the roof with their arms as I drove very slowly. We made it, but now that I have teenage kids I shake my head at the stupidity of it. Of course, at the time we thought it was very funny.

  • Oh, my! Glad you didn’t get hurt! It reminds me of the time when my friends and I would lie down in the middle of THE STREET – at night.

  • I guess your story reminds me of one of my own… riding with friends down the Periferico (loop) in Mexico City around 5 am or so, after partying, of course. We had a designated driver, but she was from the US (probably not supposed to drive). There was a traffic jam, we were stopped. Suddenly, surprise!, we were the only car still stopped and the police came. NOT GOOD! We had no money left (end of the night). Thank god the friends we were with were smooth talkers and we were able to go. It could’ve ended much worse. Since it didn’t, … we’ll call it a funny mistake from my youth. 🙂

  • What a funny post. It may have been a mistake, but it was something you planned to do as safely as possible. I’ve made so many mistakes it’s hard to pick one out, but here goes. When we were in high school, we used to ride in bunches in cars down main street (my home town was pretty small at that point). When we would stop at a red light, everyone would jump out and run around the car until the light turned green, and then we would jump back in and take off. Don’t ask me why. It was just one of those stupid teenage things.

  • Lol! I don’t know why but I can’t stop laughing. I have so many silly mistakes here and there that this little box might just be small! 🙂

  • You must to prepare everything and decided to go in the most secure.