Sunday, May 28, 2006

JE SUIS UNE VRAIE GIROUETTE

Apparently that means, "I am a true weather vane" - ie. I change my mind easily. Gotta love these French expressions. It's a language with the kind of strangeness that could only come from being so ancient.

Anyway, back to the point. After all this talk about Hawaii and Montreal and Kenya and India and wherever else, I have now decided that there has always been a big Paris-shaped hole in my future plans.

You see, I recently met up with an old school mate, whom I shall call La M, which I rather like because it's got that "international woman of mystery" thing happening (which isn't too far from the truth). La M has blossomed into a tres chic and very fabulous mademoiselle, who works in an organization dedicated to saving the world. Said organization is, of course, based in Paris.

And she reads this blog. Could she be any cooler?

Over a decidedly un-chic but nonetheless satisfying, carnivorous, budget-friendly meal at Toraji in Ebisu (3000 yen a head and I was stuffed), I learned, among other things, that:

  • It is possible to learn to speak French fluently, even if you are (way) past your formative, single-digit years.
  • Paris rent is chips-cheap when compared to Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, and London prices.
  • Contrary to reports by the international media, Paris is not, in fact, on fire. La M saw exactly one (1) burning car at the end of her street during the "Paris riots" of recent months.
  • There are a handful of renowned institutions that offer short-term intensive courses in French.
  • If I do go to Paris, I should go for the city, culture, and/or food, but not for the men.

Methinks I must go to Paris. The new plan is as follows: Hawaii for 2 weeks in September; Paris for 3 months for spring session 2007; Montreal (or perhaps Paris if I can get my head around those subjunctives and indefinite articles) by the end of 2007; Kenya next summer; and India whenever my friend Oliver is settled in.

Now all I have to do is find a way to make a few million yen in the coming months to support my travel and relocation habit.

3 Comments:

Blogger la mannanista said...

yaaaaay!!!
we will eat many macaroons in paris.
i can't wait!
ufu.
La M, international woman of mystery (and steak)

10:37 PM  
Blogger teahouse said...

I have studied French since I was in first grade, and I still have never been to France!

12:43 PM  
Blogger e! said...

La M - I'm on my way!

THB - Well get busy, woman! Macaroons and steak await...

8:14 PM  

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