“You’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” –E.A. Bucchianeri
It’s been twenty-seven days since my last post, and so much has changed since I said au revoir to life in Paris. A whirlwind three days searching for an apartment in New York ended in frustration and futile regret at having left my comfortable home in beautiful Paris. But a little time with family in the Carolinas reminded me of the many reasons I was ready to leave France, and the support of those close to me renewed my energy to return to New York with newfound enthusiasm and courage.
After two weeks traveling the Southeast, I’m now busy in the throws of my job search in New York––hence my absence from Les Derniers Jours. My silence has also been a result of my conflicted feelings about this new chapter, and life post-Paris. So far, New York has been an exciting change from the city I had come to know so well. Everything is new here, so walking the lively city streets is stimulating, and each new discovery is fascinating. Yet my unfamiliarity with the city generates a sense of discomfort and uncertainty. I miss knowing the metro map by heart, greeting the familiar faces in my neighborhood, frequenting my favorite cafés, that sense of home that I had finally achieved in Paris. While I know that learning a city takes time––and that one day I, too, will become a know-it-all New Yorker––I can’t help but feel like a fish out of water during these first few weeks in this immense and challenging new place.
On the other hand, it has been exhilarating knowing that I can recreate my life and build an entirely new career, seizing the chance to prove myself in a new industry. At moments, the anxiety and uncertainty of the search can be overwhelming, but mostly I’m thrilled at the opportunity to break out of the confining red tape of visa regulations and do something I actually enjoy! I’m seeking a role that will challenge me to leverage my creativity, require a talent for interpersonal and written communication, and rely on my resourceful problem-solving skills. So far, my search has led me to opportunities in Marketing, Communications, and Publishing, working with companies focused on art, fashion, culture, and/or cuisine. I’m excited to see what opportunities my labors will produce … stay tuned for future updates!
Until I’ve completed my final posts about Paris, I’m not quite ready to draw this project to a close. Two more restaurants and a trendy boutique still await reviews, and I have a long list of planned discoveries for my future visits (the next of which will hopefully be in late January). So in anticipation of future entries, I’ll leave you readers with this sentiment, shared with me by my grandmother before my initial journey to Paris to study in 2008.
“Paris has something for everyone, but everything for someone.” –Mary Jane Board
I am certain, that as it was for her, Paris has been and will always be everything to me.
A few pictures taken my last day strolling the streets of Paris.