I Lived in Paris for just shy of three years. Three years of amazing food, 5 euro bottles of decent red wine from monoprix, 2 euro selles-sur-cher goatscheese and living in beautiful Hausmannian apartment buildings. Around this time last year, both I and my Frenchman decided that to continue on with our careers we would probably have to leave out little oasis of Paris, he, getting a job offer in San Francisco, and I in London. So off we both trotted and, for a year now we have been doing long distance SFO-LHR. Its not ideal, but i've really loved my year in London, though I feel like my life is slightly in limbo despite the great job and great friends in London. Now however, the time has finally come, and i'm moving to San Francisco in a few short weeks!
Leaving Paris can do strange things to a girl...as soon as you leave, those pesky rose-coloured glasses get popped on, and for the past 6 months in London, I yearned for my life in Paris again (The first 6 months I was just so happy at the polite people, english language and nostalgic food). Im sure alot of this was the luxury of actually living with my husband, but alot had to do with the lifestyle of Paris which is more akin to my own, than infinitely faster, larger and more intense London. The taste of Paris grows more intense with time, yet the many negatives of the city slip further and further away. I remember the pastrys, the wine, the infinite cheeseboards at tiny bistros, the picnics on canal st martin and the easy access to foie gras, saucison and rilettes. I realise now, I forgot the smell of the metro, the Franprix checkout lady who took a year of me going in everyday to even give me a smile, the dog poo between parked cars and the homeless (and unstable) man who I would see EVERY SINGLE DAY walking to work, who would yell abuse at me whilst releaving himself on the footpath.
Architect, painter, cook and cake baker. Kiwi with dutch tendencies on my fathers side, currently living in San Francisco, after a year in the far East End of London, 3 years in Paris, 2 years in The Netherlands.