Today, September 20, marks my official one month anniversary with Paris. It has been typical of new relationships- started out giddy and oh so wonderful, and then gradually the hormones began to drop and the ups and down of reality set in. Some days I am madly in love with Paris, some days I want to kick her ass. Yeah- a lot like other relationships, now that I think of it.
So lets start with the things that piss me off.
1. It’s really noisy here. People love to honk their horns and to rev their motorcycles. And there are a whole lot more emergencies here than at home- those nasal-sounding sirens go off all the freakin’ time.
2. Paris needs a good anti-littering motto, like we have in the Lone Star State. How about Don’t Embarrass Paris? The trash on the streets here is out of control, despite the fact that they have an amazing public street cleaning process that seems to give the entire city a nice bath every morning. By the next morning, though (before the sweepers/sprayers ride through) it looks as though the trash bins have all been systematically turned over on the sidewalks and streets. Ick. What would Willy do? Don’t know, but if I were the Boss of Paris I would outlaw flyers on cars and smoking in public, and also require the metro tickets to be inserted into the metro exits in order to leave. If cig butts, flyers, and metro tix were off the streets, Paris would be way tidier.
3. The internet is crazy unreliable. Our Macs have been twirling more beach balls than they ever did in all their years in the US.
4. Ummm- I’m having trouble coming up with number 4. Maybe it’s time to switch to the things I love about Paris.
1. I’m so ashamed. I know it’s really shallow to be attracted to another based on looks alone, but lets face it, Paris has it goin’ on. She is gorgeous in the sun, the rain, the fog, the clouds, the morning and the evening. She’s got bridges and monuments and beautiful limestone buildings. She just never has a bad day. Gotta love that.
2. The food. Not just the obvious- chocolate and pastry. I have had the best fish here I have ever eaten. And I so love that they add fresh eggs with a gloriously golden, runny yolk to everything from salads to pizzas. The food here is pretty darn awesome.
3. Paris moves me. Her public transportation system is out of this world. Yeah, the metro can be hot and smelly and crowded, but it’s on time and it’s quick and it’s easy to figure out. Coming from a state that has never figured out how to get out of the car, I am happy with fast and easy.
4. I know this may surprise some of you, but the people here have been really nice. When I make eye contact and give them my southern smile, they frequently say “bonjour” and give me a demi-smile of their own. And they love my dog. Sure, I have received a few stink-eyes, but I probably got an occasional one of those at home and didn’t even give it a second thought. Maybe even from one of you????????
So after just a month, I already love more things about Paris than I hate. We’ll continue to have our good days and bad days, but for now, we’re comfortable. And comfortable is good.
Austin is still first in my heart, but I’m in Paris now, and you gotta love the one you’re with.
7 responses to “One Month Today”
Happy one month anniversary – glad to hear that you “love the one you’re with” even when it’s not always easy!
Sounds like the good outweighs the bad and that’s very, very good indeed! As to the trash problem, if you lived where I do in the Lone Star state, you’d think Paris was the tidiest place in the universe (bet they don’t toss shopping carts into the Seine, for instance)! I love that they clean the streets every morning there. That was something they did in Madrid too and it felt as if the city was treated to a refreshing shower in preparation for the hustle and bustle of a new day. Great idea in my humble opinion. Do the shopkeepers still sweep the sidewalks in front of their shops and wash them down with buckets of water?
In the end, those Parisians are not so bad after all, are they? Smiling now too? Gotta love that! As for computer blibs, well, just one more reason to shut down and head outdoors for a walk in the big, beautiful city. Btw, try earplugs for the siren problems. Worked wonders for me when living in Madrid and Rome and London come to think of it.
Well said Kate!
i’m in Austin today vising the girls getting a pedicure and reading your blog on the salons IPad. nail places are pretty awesome here in the Lone Star State esp.ones with ipads and designer colors. yes it’s near Whole Foods anyway we have heard so much about beautiful places and restaurants now have you been to any of those French salons? Yes Paris is beautiful
Who wouldn’t respond to your warm southern smile? It doesn’t surprise me that the French are ruining their reputation over you.
Exactly why I miss you so much, Laura- my biggest cheer leader! I have gotten some true “parisian” treatment a few times the past few days, so I would say their reputation is intact!
Congratulations on surviving and enjoying your first month in Paris. Yesterday was my two year anniversary in France… it flew by so quickly, I hardly even noticed.
Cheers to many more months of happiness in your new city and discovering all of it’s wonders 🙂