Well, I’m finally here. I’m actually back, and it’s all so … normal to me. It’s like I never left.

I got off the plane and got out of the airport via the train that drops you off at Gare du Nord. I couldn’t find anywhere where I could buy my ticket for the metro using a credit card, so I kinda snuck into the metro behind these other people who had lots of luggage and were using a gate. Then I lugged my luggage up 20 or so stairs … which was a total —–. I took the metro to Villiers where this really really nice man and his kid offered to help me with my things. Who says French people aren’t nice?

JamesBatchelor-F1019_6-174.jpg Then I walked down the street to the Valencourts’ apartment. The only thing that tripped me up was that I forgot for a few minutes which floor they lived on. But, after I figured it out I rang the doorbell and, sure enough, Mr. Valencourt opened the door and gave me a big hug. He said that they were so happy to have me back to their home. As he was cleaning up my room a bit before I got in there, I couldn’t help but notice that the Christmas card I sent them was placed along with all their others, and that the picture the three of us took together the last time I was gone was prominently placed above their computer desk.

And as for my French? Well sheesh … it’s all coming back. It’s weird actually. It’s like, almost as soon as I got into the country, my mind began to think in French. Suddenly I was saying everything in my head in French again. All my thoughts, all my reflections … it’s crazy. I was nervous about speaking to my French family again but I had no problem. How awesome!

And so now I’m sitting here, once again at my desk in my French family’s apartment … amazed at everything. I’m amazed that I’m back in Paris. PARIS! I can’t wait to see the Eiffel Tower again. I did it! I really did. Gosh …

This is totally amazing, it truly is. I get to spend the next five, six, seven, or eight months here (depending on what I can find to do here). INSANE.

Ok, time to unpack. I’m starving too. Did I hear someone mention crepes? Hehe.