Each day it sinks in a little bit more that I am now living in Paris. It’s surreal. I recall my first visit back in 2005 looking longingly at those Parisians who get to live here. Now, I do! Yet as a friend I met during that first visit pointed out, when visitors say “you are SO lucky to live here”, she reminds them that you still have to go to the dry cleaner, call the plumber, go to work and just live your life. And sometimes, especially during the “tourist” season, it can be really annoying to try to “live” here. All that being said, this is a pretty fantastic city to do all those daily things.
A few things I’ve noticed:
1. When people sit down to eat a meal, and even if food is in front of them, they always wait a few minutes (sometimes even 5 or 10) before they start eating. In the US, I always dove into my meal and usually ate it quite quickly. Here, I wait to see what pace my meal companions take which has been slow and enjoyable.
2. Everything is just a bit smaller. From coffee cups to wine glasses to kitchen sizes. It’s a nice change.
3. Not that many people are jogging. I did see a few joggers while we were walking around our new arrondissement but it’s nothing like Seattle. Even when there are those running here, they are not “geared up” like I frequently am.