It took me a few days to get myself together and write this post.... as I finally have to admit that I only have about 6 weeks left in Paris.
Husband and I have been planning to move back to the States since last year and although we originally thought we might leave this past September, school combined with the economic crisis have kept us here. As I'll be finishing up my internship at the end of December and will have fulfilled all the credits to receive my masters degree, we took this as an opportunity to make the big move. I'll be leaving at the end of the year and husband will join me in March when he's finished with school and has *fingers crossed* received his immigrant visa. We're hoping that the end of the US recession means a boost in the job market and a new job for me in 2010. During the past month I've applied for several positions and haven't had any luck yet -but I'm trying to stay optimistic. It's going to be a rough two months without J, especially if I haven't landed a job. And although we've done the long distance thing before it never gets any easier. Luckily I'll have my amazing family to support me. The plan, for now, is to move back in with my parents until I've found employment. I know this isn't very "cool" but it makes the most sense considering J and I will no longer have any furniture or even a car. Regardless, I've been pretty blessed in the parents department and I can't wait to spend some time with my family (it's been a year).
For now I'm going to make the best out of the time I have left here. Even though Paris will no longer be considered home I know my 3 1/2 year love affair with this city is far from over.I've been trying to compile a list of things I must do before leaving, so feel free to give me any ideas! This is what I've come up with so far:
To Do List
1) Take a spin around La Grande Roue
2) One last visit to a Marché aux Puces
3) Have a cocktail at the Bar Hemmingway
4) Climb up la Tour Eiffel (still have never done it!) and have a drink at the bar à champagne
5) Take part in one of the many marchés de Noël and enjoy tummy-warming vin chaud
(Are you sensing a theme here?)
6) Visit le Musée d'Orsay (for the 20th time but it never gets old)