It is 2:45 in the morning here in Paris, and as I write this post in my super lovely and super chic Parisian apartment, my 1st day here will come to a close.
I still can't believe it, I'm here...I'm in Paris!!! I think the mixture of excitement and pure exhaustion is not really allowing me to understand the gravity of everything. All in all getting here was smooth and I could not have asked for a better flight. I was in traffic for almost 2 hours to get to Dulles airport and I was worried I would be running late. But as God would have it, I got there, checked my bags (sidenote: the really nice lady working allowed me to go over the limit without any extra fees) and went through security without any hiccups. I flew with Iceland Air because it was the cheapest flight I could get, however the downside is that they don't serve food, you have to buy it, and it ain't cheap!
I arrived in Paris around 1:30pm and after I collected my bags to go out the exit, my host family was there waiting for me. I got to meet Little G in the flesh. He was very shy, which is normal when a tall-big-curly-haired-black-girl you've never met before, is suddenly your new caretaker. We drove to the apartment and during the drive I got to see bits of St. Denis aka "Africa Central" since a crap ton of Africans live there. My host family treated me to a nice lunch at an Italian restaurant, then helped me unpack and showed me around the neighborhood. My exhaustion clouded my better judgement, so I didn't bring a camera with me but not to worry, many more pics of mon quartier are to come!
First Impression of Paris:
1.) Driving is NUTS here! Traffic is so bad (especially around St. Denis) and people drive so close to each other that I can reach my hand out and slap the driver next to me!
2.) Don't believe all the hype, not every French woman is skinny. I have mostly seen a variety of shapes around the "normal" frame. Obviously France does not have a huge morbid obesity problem, but not every woman is stick thin.
3.) When the sun goes down, I will assume any random trail of "liquid" is piss. There are random spots that smell like piss..et je DETESTE ça!
4.) Constantly hearing French will be a skill I will have to get used to. Today I felt like I could only understand maybe 1 or 2 words during a conversation. I will try to enroll in some cheap French classes.
5.) I love all of the open air markets that are available. Everything looks super fresh!
6.) Elevators...what are those?
I ended my first day with a midnight visit to the Eiffel Tower, which gave me the opportunity to ride the metro fr the 1st time . My friend went with me to the tower but I took the train back by myself. When I first saw it, I started to cry, it is so beautiful and is a structure that epitomizes Paris, it is truly a dream come true to be able to see it. And the light show? FANTASTIC!! Here are some pics form tonight: