November 10, 2012 · 12:00 pm

I opened my mailbox to this today and knew immediately that I had to share this hauntingly beautiful photo.

I will be framing it immediately. You might think that this is something we’d all rather move on and forget about, but it was an experience that concreted everything I love about this city and I want to commemorate that.

Which brings me to my next thought…

I can’t believe I’m leaving it.

Yes, my next chapter will be incredible. I am so excited to fulfill my dream of living abroad, and Paris… it’s Paris! It’s amazing, and I can’t wait to drink in the culture and romance and fulfill some intense wanderlust.

But at the same time, it’s scary. I’ll be away from my family, and really just diving into this new experience basically with abandon is a little daunting. I’ve become so comfortable here. It’s been almost a year since I moved and started going to school in the city, and I really feel like I’m just starting to establish myself here. Leaving my friends and life behind, even if just for a few months, and for an AMAZING opportunity, is hard. I just love it here so much and it seems surreal that I’m leaving.

And now I’m re-reading all this and it seems silly and emotional. Sorry if it is! It’s been a weird couple of weeks, between the storm and growing older and the semester winding down. And soon I’ll be packing up my apartment… and now I’m bumming out again.

But in the meantime, I have power and heat, transportation seems to be almost completely back to normal, and a little victory today- my parents got power back this afternoon after braving it for 10 days! Obviously, we’re still far from done here. All help is still needed, and so appreciated.

Have a lovely, beautiful weekend!

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