“Finally, I’m back!” I kicked off my shoes and went to lay back down in bed. “Just a few minutes”, I told myself.
“So, you are all ready to go?” Simon asked. I was now done with all my errands, but my carry-on allowance of one bag wasn’t complete yet. I still had to see what unnecessary items I could fit in, just in case.
That morning, even though I was so tired from the fast-paced and busy week, I woke up early and dragged myself to the police station. Since I’m in the middle of trying to get my Foreign Identification Card, I was told I had to turn in some paperwork to leave the country. Only a month here, and the Spanish red tape is oh-so apparent.
So Friday afternoon, instead of finishing the work week at work, we were catching a flight to Paris. The thought of returning to work on Monday was pushed into the farthest corners of my mind. I couldn’t wait to spend the weekend roaming around Paris, catching up with friends from Korea and eating everything and anything that looked delicious. As for the city itself, I’d had wanted to visit forever, but I refrained from harboring many expectations. I learned this year that sometimes expectations just get in the way.
One step off the metro, and I was instantly enthralled. This is Paris!
We walked around so much that our feet ached. We enjoyed clear skies and ate so many painfully delicious meals. We slurped French onion soup and hot mulled wine to warm our bones from the crisp and especially chilly weather. We drank cheap cocktails in our friend Andrea’s apartment to help save us from some of Paris’s excessive prices. After that, we would stay out late into the night to experience Paris at dark. One afternoon, we found ourselves in the midst of a zombie walk in Le Marais with pumping dance music and hundreds of costumed participants.
It was everything and more that I had hoped for on a weekend trip.
The only problem was that a weekend is not even close to enough time in Paris. I really only saw a glimpse.
As soon as we boarded our flight Sunday afternoon, I was already thinking about when to return. “Well, it´s pretty cold in Paris already. Once spring is here, let’s come back.”
Have you been to Paris? What did you think?