It has been a whirlwind two weeks, but it seems as though I'm settling in nicely. My lovely roommate is on exchange from France, so I'm lucky enough to work on my conversational French on a daily basis. Not only is she extremely nice and down to earth, she is a fantastic cook and has now made me lunch twice! I couldn't have asked for a better situation while I'm settling into my new position.
Our apartment is in a perfect spot, close to the metro, amazing restaurants, bars, and stores. Our kitchen is "petite", but it is perfect for two people. We have a comfortable dining room, and my room is large enough to essentially be a living room and bedroom all in one.
We live across the street from a beautiful park, where they've started putting up Christmas lights, giving it a somewhat romantic air, despite the barren trees. Besides the fact that I'm usually cold, I'm actually looking forward to the snow, positive that it will make everything around here look positively picturesque.
I must admit that not only was this an extremely exciting change to take on, it was also extremely terrifying. However, since the moment I arrived, I have not experienced an ounce of regret. I, of course, would not have been able to make the move (literally) without my mother and my "big sister." They were a great help - driving me down, helping me move in and organize, and offering support and encouragement every step of the way. Support and encouragement was also plentiful from the rest of my family and friends. It has also been very refreshing to meet so many wonderful new people, who, in addition to more encouragement, have offered an immense amount of advice and hospitality. Thank you all.
I will do my best to post as often as possible going forward, but as I'm still adapting to my new surroundings and position, and looking for a permanent apartment, I cannot make any promises.
In the meantime, below are links to some bands/musicians (some that I have mentioned in the past) that played on Saturday night at Le Divan Orange: