Here I sit, in my home in Baltimore, pondering how I have the great good fortune to be leaving in exactly one week for a five week adventure in France. I really can’t believe it, still.
I’ll be immersed in French classes here for the first week,
(Nice IS Nice!)
followed by some Nice fun in the sun with my Canadian BFF Jo who is living in Paris for a YEAR! But don’t be a hater, I am sleeping on her couch a few nights. And she deserves it.
Then it’s off to Paris for the rest of the time.
I am so very grateful to my bosses and colleagues at the Center for Economic and Policy Research for allowing me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (don’t worry I promise to check my email to make sure we don’t miss any donations!!). I can also scout out office space for CEPR-Paris!
I am grateful for my dear friends in Paris. I look forward to many wine-filled evenings of laughter and love and light. And cheese, and croissants, and all the rest of the glorious food. And thanks to my Fitness guru Linda I hopefully will be able to indulge freely. She gave me some killer workouts to take along. Montmarte Stairmaster class anyone?
But most of all, I am grateful to my husband Doug, for the patience, understanding and unconditional love that he has shown me in supporting my trip. I look forward to his visit to Paris! Dougie, you totally rock. Je t’aime baby.
I also look forward to my dear friends and family who will be visiting while I’m there. Some are Paris virgins, and I look forward to showing them my town. Look out Paris, Baltimore will soon be in the MAISON!
I’m also planning on some side trips, one to Strasbourg to visit my friend Anne who lives there (train strike willing),
And (hopefully) to Berlin to see my sister! (Lufthansa willing)
I hope to use my time to reflect. I’m turning 60 in September (60 is the new 40 my lovelies), and I want to take a deep breath, and just be, in the city I love, a place that feeds my soul.
I plan to share some of my thoughts and adventures (and pictures!) here, if anyone is interested in coming along on my ride. You are most welcome. Paris and I look forward to having you join us.
Bises mes chers… à bientôt !