Today I wandered along St Laurent with Karine. I bought some beautiful little wooden - they look like canvases but they are all wood - squares to paint on, and some oilsticks to paint with. I learned all about Javanese puppetry and superstition from an informative, wordy man who owned a shop with amazing old cigar boxes and a beautiful old dog who greeted us warmly at the front counter. I bought some wonderful books - some to read and some to make art with. And I thought to myself, I'm happy to call this place home.