Four truly surreal days ago I arrived in Paris. I say it’s surreal, because I still can’t believe that this is happening, that after so much hard work I made it happen and the really lovely part, is that everything is ok. The fear, worry and doubt was of course completely valid - but the second I landed, settled into my apartment that overlooks Monmartre and wrapped my head around the timezone, called my parents and close friends. All of the fear just melted away. One of my oldest, wisest and kindest friends has a saying, and it’s to “feel the fear and do it anyway”. Sometimes impossibly hard, but almost always the fear disappears the second that you start.
So the past four days have been a bit of a whirlwind of jet lag (thankfully I don’t suffer it too badly, but I did lay down for a nap the other day and ended up sleeping for 13 hours straight…), meeting beautiful new friends through Instagram, wandering through familiar sites and chasing cherry blossom trees, endless coffees, admiring in awe that public gardens are full of tulips, watching formula e racing with friends from Munich, kindly being invited to watch a collection of plays and, then get swept of my feet by a kind Parisian and taken on magical dates around Paris. So, all in all, I think Paris is going rather well so far.
One of the many things that I love about Paris is oddly how normal it feels, I love walking the streets either in search of a new cherry blossom tree to take a million photos of, a cafe to warm up in, or to simply wander and see what you’ll find on your walk. For the first time in a very very long time, I have no where to be, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m really looking forward to sharing more, and to everyone who has been kindly following, commenting and liking my photos so far on Facebook and Instagram - merci beaucoup, you truly have no idea how much your generous support means. x