So I have been really really bad at posting. Really bad actually. But, I have just been really busy. A while back I had one of my oldest friends in the world here for a week. We were busy “taste-testing” the bars of paris and since then, things have been fast paced and busy. But I will try to think about some of the things I did in the last little bit….
-We had a big deadline at work and I pulled an all-nighter for the first time in a really long time
-I got stuck in an elevator at Shigeru Ban’s office
-I had a team dinner on my co-worker’s house boat under the eiffel tower on the Sienne. It was amazing and catered and so much fun.
-I had my last day at work last Friday, and the Friday before I had to give a speech. I don’t like giving speeches, but it was fun and the office surprised me with a LIP watch by Roger Tallon, the designer of the TGV train system here in France. They also gave me a Renzo Piano monography signed by everyone in the office which is really cool. ALSO, my team gave me some original hand-drawings of the project I worked on, which is really amazing and I can’t wait to put them up in my new place in Boston.
-Made a 100page portfolio of everything I did here
-Had manyfun times skating around Paris with my friend Dijan
-I went to a weekend long party at a convent in the countryside of France for a friend’s birthday. It was crazy and felt like what I think Woodstock must have felt like but without the live music. We roasted a whole lamb on a rotisserie and I think 60 of us ate it.
-Finally saw many of the museums I needed to visit in Paris. I really loved d’Orsay.
-Rock climbing in Fontainbleau
-Had drinks and hung out in a small atelier in Paris that is actually an old leCorbusier house that is currently rented out. It was great and made me want to have a small studio space to work.
-Went to Metz with the office to see the new Pompidou Center by Shigeru Ban.
So many other things that I cannot think of now. It has really been a great experience here in Paris. I worked with some really cool and great people who I became pretty good friends with. I will miss everyone here a lot. I never thought about Paris as a place I even wanted to visit so much, let alone live. There was nothing wrong with it. It just wasn’t on my radar. Now, I really have become used to it and like it a lot. The way of life here is very nice and very comfortable. I know there is a reputation for people being rude here, especially to Americans, but I seriously experienced none of that. I mean, Boston seems like generally a “more rude” place than Paris.
Maybe some things I will miss about Paris:
THE FOOD…I ate so much food here and somehow was able to lose weight. I had pastries almost everyday, heavy, buttery and creamy meals all the time. It is so good. But I think the food is more natural or less-processed or something.
Specifically, I will miss Chez Janou’s Magret de Canard, crem brulee, L’as du Falafel and the falafel at Chez Hanna, coffees at a few places including Cafeoteque, tacos at El Nopal by the canal, anything at Chez Robert et Louis, the potatoes at Chez Bridgett, crepes, so many other places…so many.
THE DRINK…We have champagne everyday almost for something…no occasion…no New Years, just because it is delicious. Also, Ricard, the pastis of Marseilles is like an Anis liquor that you have with ice and water and it very refreshing in the summer.
WALKING EVERYWHERE….i love just walking places or skating places and not needing a car
COOL SHOPS AND PLACES…just popping into new places all the time. There is always something interesting and fun going on here whether it is an exhibit or a concert or a outdoor movie, or whatever.
THE PEOPLE…I met really great people here and I know I will see some of them soon, but it will be strange to not see them anymore on a regular basis.
Thing I will not miss about Paris:
The smell of urine
hmmm…there is probably more, but I don’t know.