Thursday, August 20, 2009
Another Notch in the Belt
Today marks the second anniversary of our family's arrival in Paris. We've gone from feeling like Bambi in the headlights to being viewed as old experienced hands by expats who've just arrived. No, I'll never be considered a true Parisian but at least I've gotten the grocery shopping down to a science, am often on autopilot in the metro, and can carry on entire conversations, even on the phone, in French. And the last time I got my haircut, the hairdresser, who doesn't speak a word of English and whose French I sometimes barely understand, wouldn't let me leave the shop until we exchanged kisses on each cheek. But I still am scratching my head about other stuff, like the vagaries of French politics or why the TV will only turn on when I push "1" but it turns off when I push "power" and why "pain" (bread) is masculine and "baguette" is feminine. The good news is that there's still plenty of time to find out. Our three-year tour just got extended so instead of having just one more year left to explore Paris, we now have two. The clock's ticking...better get out there and discover.