Sunday, October 12, 2008

Here in Paris

Where do I start? The last couple of weeks have been pretty overwhelming. I'm having a good time being a non-stop hostess but it has thrown me out of my past semi-routine. Actually, I'm not sure I had much of a routine but it's completely different now. No complaints--I haven't been lonely (I haven't been alone), which is very, very good. I haven't had much time for meeting and greeting new people but I have been out and about quite a bit and seeing a bit of the "mainstream" Paris I'd skipped up until now. I've also been cooking more at home (good for the bank account) and hanging out a bit in my lively neighborhood.

Some of the things I've done over the last couple of weeks: visited the Pompidou Centre, day trip to Chartres, walk in Monmartre to visit the wine festival, hanging out at Sacre Coeur at night and watching the drunken revelers, a good look at the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe (but no accompanying climb), a short walk on the Champs Elysees.

I'd done all of these things before but most of them I'd either been on my own or it was the last time I was here--about 18 years ago--so getting to do these things with friends is a lot of fun and a somewhat new experience. And getting to show people the sights of my neighborhood is really fun.

So, my visitors continue. Amanda and her new husband were here for a few days, my friend from Warsaw has stayed on, and I'm expecting another old friend to arrive on Monday. Plus, tonight, I'm meeting a friend of a friend for drinks. All of sudden I have quite the social life. Not that it was a complete wasteland before but it does feel like what was a lot of work is now easy. Too easy? I bet I'll be pretty lonely when I'm completely on my own again…but I'm used to that. No problem.

On the discouraging side, my bid for employment did not work out. I had to provide a letter from my employer (even though they aren't currently paying me) saying it was ok for me to take other employment. It turns out, I cannot receive any kind of compensation from other governments--and the job was, though indirectly, with the French government. So: no job. (No volunteering either--I need to have status to be in the classroom. But I don't think I would have done it for no pay.)

But, hey, not working is the whole point, right? Not writing, though, is mostly definitely not the point, so I'm going to try and get back to it. Now, if I can only think of something to say….

PS A. is history. If you care to read between the lines you can probably figure out why.

Grateful for: friends, old and new.

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