It’s been exactly one year since my Paris adventure and I’m still daydreaming about it, hard not to. It was an amazing trip with girlfriends and family visiting me, time went too fast, in a blink of an eye, my month was over and I was home again, lamenting, that’s it? I can’t seem to shake my Paris obsession. I often imagine myself living there, LOL, who am I kidding, I think about it every day! What if I did move there, what would that look like? Hmmm, let me think about that. At my worst, I catch myself searching rental properties in the Marias or Champ de Mars, calculating rent from euros to Cdn dollars, BTW, it’s a horrible exchange rate! Paris is a magnet for me and it seems to be pulling me closer every day.
The idea of moving to Paris seems ridiculous at times, packing up my belongings and putting them into storage, leaving my friends, family and dog behind? Wait! Both my sons will be away at school and live in different cities, is this finally the freedom I was waiting for? My girlfriends would hopefully jump at the chance to visit their friend in Paris, right?! Have I forgotten anything? Can it really be this simple? For once I would like to listen to the voice inside my head, do what I want and not what’s best for everyone else.
It’s conflicting for sure, leaving what I know for uncharted territory and yes, I’ve been to Paris many times but on a holiday. Does this have to be any different? In my mind, I would consume myself with French language courses, art history and anything else I can sponge up. Cooking? Wine? I know there’s a huge network of expats, they too are trying to meet like-minded people who share a passion for all things French. What’s not to love?
So is this reality or still a dream? Not sure yet…I’m planning a quick trip to Paris in the fall, will need to do some reconnaissance before any decisions are made going forward. Can’t seem to kick the practical side out of me, will try harder! With so many changes in my life these days, I’m optimistic that the new year might be perfect timing for an opportunity like this. Lot’s to consider, I’ll keep you posted!