Well, no. Not yet.
I'm preparing to leave for Paris on thursday, and I'm finding myself significantly less prepared than i had hoped i would be. My language skills reach only slightly beyond 'hello', 'my name is', 'it's cold/hot today' and other cultural cliches. I know nothing about the city, although i've purchased the guidebooks, maps and dictionaries. I've bookmarked travel websites. The only thing i haven't done is acutually assimilate any of the information about the city's history or culture. I feel as if i know little more than the average college student about the city, and that scares me.
However, there is a surpassing calm that has come over me. I, in either my bravado or naivete, have little worry about this trip. I'm excited because i can't see anything but upside to the whole experience. I won't have a telephone, but i'm going to do my best to keep up with everyone via email and, gulp, facebook. Wish me well.
1 year ago