Paris #3 – Aux Champs-Elysées

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Long time no analog!

University work has been keeping me busy, but this Saturday I thought I’d take advantage of the fantastic English weather and stay indoors. I have so many things that I need to post and I haven’t had time since I have so much reading to do every week.

First, we need to set the mood:

This is just a couple of pictures I took last September in Paris. On our last full day, Gabri and I decided to walk all the way up the Champs-Elysées, but sadly the weather turned on us: it started raining cats and dogs and we had to give up halfway and take refuge in a café where we had probably one of the worst cakes in history.

We did have a wonderful day, overall, and I have so much fun. The greatest thing about travelling with someone you love is that just having them next to you helps you see the brighter side of everything, even bad weather and ruined plans. The important thing is that you’re able to laugh about it together!

It doesn’t seem right to post this, or any of the pictures of Paris I still have to upload, without addressing the events of November 13th, but to be quite honest, I have no words. I spent the night streaming any news channel I could find online, connecting my laptop to my TV screen because I didn’t have any services installed at the time. I was so terrified and sad for days, and I was all the way over here in Brighton. I don’t want to talk about death, loss, terror, sadness, fear. I don’t wish to remind everyone of how horrible it was.

Instead I will quote what a lady in Thailand told us the day we arrived, less than 24h after the infamous tsunami destroyed the country’s coastline in December of 2004 and caused countless deaths, tourists and natives alike. Having arrived less than a day after it happened, our immediate response was to ask the hotel receptionist how she, and her people in general, were dealing with the tragedy. Her response came with a hurt, but wise smile.

“There is no need to dwell on it. It already happened, it’s in the past. Now we must focus on rebuilding and recovering.”

My heart goes out to everyone who has lost someone in the Paris attacks, to the survivors, to the victims and to the people in Paris who are now terrified of leaving their houses. Be strong, we are all with you.

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