Thursday, January 04, 2007

L'etat des lieux

So. Happy Holidays, people.

I had meant to update throughout the holidays, but real life got in the way of blogging. Imagine that. I'm still not sure if I'll post the photos from my trip home or my most recent travels. And then finally, after new years we had the pleasure of doing the exit interview of the apartment- the état des lieux. Which, honestly, was not as bad as I thought. The agent was really classy, really professional, and it passed by much quicker and was much less painful then I expected. I say this before receiving the deposit back, for which I will have to wait 2 months, so perhaps I will have something different to say then.

I will, however, say my goodbyes. It was wierd, the morning before I left Paris, just walking around the neighborhood and trying to soak it all in. I know that I will be back, and perhaps next time even for good, but it is still hard not to try to capture it all and save it as I know it.

Paris changes so quickly, and my 'hood especially, that I can't even imagine what it will be like when I next return. Will the same pharmacist, baker, and bar owner be there? What will be replaced, go out of business, or get renovated? And what about my neighbors, and their dogs?

Goodbye Apartment Across the Way. (Which sadly seemed "closed for business" on my very last day) Goodbye Building. Goodbye Street. Goodbye Canal. And just a detail of the tents for those of you who are curious about Les Enfants de Don Quichotte: And I had even, for the first time ever, tried out the video function on my mobile to take a clip of the train pulling away from the train station, to have a goodbye Paris moment. But the quality is so crappy and it looks so bad blown up on a computer screen that I can't bear to post it here.

I have one last post to do on Paris, on my favorite bar of all, Le Petit Chateau d'Eau. I have meant to write about it so many times and just can't put it off any longer. And for the next few weeks I will be in that Alsatian paradise - Strasbourg! - and I will definitely be posting from there. And then finally, the end, back to the US for me, at least for now.

Bonne Année et à bientôt!



Samantha said...

Wait, did I miss something?? You're moving back home?

Samantha said...

oh wow. good luck with the move, and i hope you'll keep blogging stateside!