That was my intro to the city. Needless to say, first impressions are not always correct, and I’ve since discovered that the people here are warm and friendly and only a tiny bit embarrassed about their halting English. So we reassure each other and I am learning to just wing it, and try out the French I know. Everyone is very forgiving. Lessons are going to be a must, I can tell.
I am falling in love with my flat. It is very small and on the 4th and top floor of this
This is the perfect place to land- right in the most creative part of the city. I am inspired and thrilled to call this home. Today, I was walking home after exploring and buying some veges, and I was hit with a wave of absolutely expansive happiness. It felt too big to contain. It welled up in me and poured out in this smile that I had to share with everyone I looked at. I am so happy!
(that reminds me, I haven’t even begun to talk about the perfumeries and scent aspect of this town, but that can wait).
Slowly, as the days go by, I am beginning to fathom that I am really here. It’s amazing how we can build things up in our minds so that they reach a state of almost tangible reality, but when it actually happens, it’s hard to comprehend. But I am here, and it feels wonderful.