These days we are adjusting to life in Paris.That’s right, Paris! It’s been a long time coming, but we made it! We are living in temporary Airbnb quarters in the area called “Little Africa” which has stretched us. The noise level is high, there are lots of street arguments, garbage fills the streets until the garbage guys come and clean up, police presence is common and a crazy lady comes everyday to yell at the other vendors and passers-by! One of the surprising gifts to us are a group of Thai workers just below us. Each day we chat in Thai as we go out and about into the city. They say we are living in the Khlong Toei of Paris. That means the ‘poor’ section of Paris.
So far we have walked a lot and been on the metro everyday. It is strange to not own a car. It is strange to go underground everyday. It is strange to smell urine so often! Funny too how my wife Patricia loves the challenge. She goes around with her nose in the map book and revels in the fact she can navigate us. Maybe she’s got her nose in the map book to keep away from other smells!
I miss a car! I mean driving a car. The exercise is good I know! Now we shop each day for groceries a few blocks away at the Carrefour Market and then take them home in our little cart and bags. Its great exercise, like I said, especially the five floor climb up the spiral stairs. There is no elevator in this old building. Three weeks of this and we still are puffing by the time we get to our door.
And then there were the protests in the streets by Palestinian sympathizers. Not once but twice. They shouted loudly in unison, “Let’s resist and Jihad.” So much craziness, The second time the planned protest was banned but it was not heeded and so the police shot tear gas next to our neighborhood as we were returning home. It was crazy! Today a third protest is planned and again it was banned here.
Our hope these days is to find some permanent place to hang our hat real soon!!! We have visited some places already and we have some more to visit this coming week. These apartments are smaller, much smaller than anything we have ever lived in! Think ‘shoe box’ was what one french friend advised. Then at the end of the coming week we need to look closely at our options and budget! The budget decides the size of the shoe box! Pray for some special happenings this coming week
We’ve been blessed by four visits already. Simon Brewer from the UK, Michael and Erin Hoyt from Morocco, Michael Lew from Huntington Beach and Sonya Ourlin fro everywhere! And we were able to get to Chantilly, not far from here, to hang out with our friends there Marie-Caroline de Felices-Jaouenand Will! We’ve had a chance to hang out with Daniel Roach and Cassidy Roach who are sadly leaving France after about two years here. So, though we don’t have a team yet, we are blessed to have friends along the way. And I am sure there will be more to come.
Thanks for following our posts and praying too.
1. Trip to Frankfurt to pick up our one-year visa.
2. A conclusion to the apartment hunt.
3. Our girls return to school in Germany at the end of August.
4. My mother’s health. She begins chemo on Monday.
5. Wisdom and peace!