One of the things I am most grateful for about my life in Paris is all the amazing people I’ve met. Common themes often arise when you ask expats how they ended up in the City of Light – love, work, happy accident.
But it takes a special measure of fortitude and creativity to pick up and move to another country. So it’s no surprise then to run into so many interesting folks. We may not be the “Lost Generation,” but I think there are deep things we have found.
What do I mean by that? Well, last night was the first “Tweetup” of 2012, held at O Chateau. (Jeez there are of a lot of us bloggers/Tweeters! There must have been 40 of us packing the friendly wine bar.) As I chatted my way through the crowd, this reality that so many people have remade their lives here kept coming to the fore.
I saw friend Kasia Dietz, for instance, a former Manhattan ad girl, now designer and founder of her own handbag company. I talked with Lindsey, who not only started blogging (at Lost in Cheeseland) in France, but also began a baking business, Lola’s Cookies (We were treated to her sweets last night. Yum!)
I got into a long conversation with Alexis Niki, a talented screenwriter and Alexander Technique teacher about finding the unifying thread of our lives, even if we do many different things.
Is living here the opportunity to reinvent? To discover new things? Or to dig deep to what has always been there?
In any case, I feel privileged to know so many creative, innovative souls. The room was filled with them last night! (More photos of the event here.)
I wanted to give a special shout-out to someone else today. I first talked about Emel Mathlouthi back in 2010. I knew her from my dance class, and didn’t at first realize she was something of a star.
Last year she left for awhile and I asked my dance teacher if she knew where. The answer: back to Tunisia for the “Arab Spring.” She wanted to be part of her country’s remaking. Sure enough, I saw footage of her in the crowds; a striking image of her in a red coat in the midst of thousands of people standing up to sing. She would describe herself as a “protest singer.”
Emel’s back in France and today is the release of her new album. I just wanted to say wow.
Aren’t we blessed by the people we meet?