I am surrounded by smart vibes and can't help but reflect on some things I've learned during my visit so far:
- My French is not nearly as horrible as I imagined (People get me things! And don't roll their eyes too much)
- I really really like olives
- The stereotype of baguettes being sold every-fricking-where in Paris is mythology (we walked many blocks before finding a traditional bakery offering a plain loaf of French bread - the street vendors sell fancy sandwiches)
- The dollar is bloody embarrassingly nearly-worthless against the Euro
- I can restrain myself from buying $100 shoes and $60 underwear [barely]
- I really really like wine
- Wine is cheaper than Coke and sometimes water
- People here do love their dogs like children (they're often welcome in cafes and on the Metro; not always the same for kids...ha)
- Smiling as a form of communication (plus repeating "S'il vous plait" and "Merci") usually makes everything better
Now we are off to dinner at La Tour Eiffel (eeeeeeeeEEEEeee!). I am wearing my jaunty brown striped skirt, summery white button-down shirt, and black flats; I feel tres jolie (though no beret; seems like too much and I don't really look good in hats).
Au revoir, mis amis!