Recently in Paris
Bonjour tout le monde!
So I have been already in Paris for a month after leaving London. Luckily my application to study abroad went through and I will be staying here until January!
Paris is great, awesome, magnificent, génial, super…. words can’t even describe how much I have fallen in love with this city. The vibe here is just incredible!
How do you not fall in love with Paris when wherever you go, you are presented with the French architecture of Mansard roof and façade relief, adding another level of dimension to your vision. Each Parisienne seems to know how to embrace their architecture; they would put flower boxes outside the windows, and common families like my famile d’accueil (french home-stay,) would also put fruit trees on the balcony so that they can make jam, or la confiture, from the fruit each summer.
Paris is not the same; she’s different, and she’s unique. Unlike New York, she doesn’t take pride in her skyscrapers. Unlike London, she doesn’t strive to be the center of the world. Unlike Tokyo, people are not pressured to be better than one another. She is city rich in culture; she takes pride in her romance. Lovers discard what others say and kiss on street corners for as long as they want. Paris takes pride in her food. Every baguette taste differently, and there is always a better baguette out there waiting for you. You can never get sick of them. She takes pride in her art. You can never finish seeing all the artworks in the Louvre, not to mention all the artworks in the city. She is stubborn in her manner; Parisians discard how hard other city dwellers are trying to make money from their big businesses; they take their time to chat, drink, and smoke in street corner cafés. Parisians all take their time off on Sundays, and they take at least two weeks off (usually more) on August to go on vacation. She’s a stubborn city made of stubborn people. She discards the rest of the world and she lives in her own manner.
In Paris, remember one thing – always chill~ Like my host mom says:” Je vais me reposer (I am going to rest),” though she has just rested before doing the previous thing.
It doesn’t mean that they are lazy! They enjoy the moments they are having, and they reflect on things in their mind while resting. Who said taking the time doing nothing and just to think shouldn’t be a part of your everyday life? Life is too short to work every damn minute!
So, back to talking about myself. It has been a pleasure staying here. I have been learning a lot and seeing a lot. I think I am bringing the New Yorker habits here, though. I would fill up every block of the day and work myself off. Interning for the British brand SMITH-WYKES by working with the designer, Rory Wykes, has taught me the reason why Paris is the center of the world fashion. I hope that through my later blog posts, I can show more why it is so.
Seeing myself speaking better and better French everyday has surprised me the most. I never would’ve though that I can be able to play with the language so well after having been here for only a month (I have actually been learning French for more than a year). But I am still learning and learning, every minute of the day, building up more knowledge.
Now that the semester is going to start in less than 15 days, I hope that I can continue enjoying every moment of my life here! Best wishes for an awesome semester ahead with Paris College of Art!
Like them Persians say, always look up when you walk on the streets in Paris. There is always something up there that will surprise you!
Regardez en haut, il y a toujours quelque chose facinante là-bas.