Exactly one year ago today, I left Melbourne and took a long flight to the other side of the world – destination Paris, France. I had no idea what would lie ahead. I had a simple plan – to find a place to live, try to get a job in the fashion industry and improve my French language skills as much as possible. But nothing ever really goes to plan!
I did find a beautiful, light and spacious room but had many issues with the landlady. I didn’t find a job in fashion but ended up working in tourism. And Paris being a metropolitan city with people of many different cultural backgrounds, I never really got a chance to speak French as it was easier to speak English. However, it was an unforgettable experience and the positives outweighed the negatives. I wouldn’t change a thing.
I had ups and downs and some days I felt alone and really far away from everything. But I have grown so much as a person. I have learnt the importance of family. Looking back, I could have done things differently but then I wouldn’t have learnt a lot of things I learnt about myself and people.
My last day in Paris, I woke up later than I should have and I didn’t manage to make it in time to get my last French breakfast. It was already 11.30 am and I decided to do a Seine River cruise. It was a cold drizzling March morning.
I got on the cruise with a million tourists and sat there in awe of everything. It was surreal. I couldn’t believe that I had the chance to call Paris home. I lived my dream. I met the loveliest people who helped me so much and will be lifelong friends. Every bridge I crossed, every building was a reminder of how beautiful the city was and what it had given to me. I was very emotional knowing that in the evening, I would leave Paris. It was hard not knowing when I would return but I have promised myself that I will be back. In the meanwhile, I have so many lovely memories that I will cherish and below, I am sharing some with you.