My last post is over 1 year-old and frankly, it felt way longer than that because so much happened in-between. I’m not going to dwelve too much over that in this post, but life has been nothing but pretty amazing since!
I graduated from uni and currently work as a freelance translator, I’ve traveled in a lot of countries in such a short amount of time and for the first time since a long time in my life, I have no excuse to not indulge in whatever I want to do.
In this mindset, I enrolled for yoga classes and also started taking singing lessons since September. Being at home most of the time because of work made me want to engage in new activities outside!
Just two days ago, I signed up for a card at my local library which is litteraly two bus stops away. Out of curiosity, I started browsing their online catalogue (bless them for having a very functional website) and was blown away by the choice of books… I know it sounds dumb but when I looked at it, I decided I needed to sign up for a card asap and I did, on the same evening before my yoga class and left with bunch of heavy cookbooks (that’s my thing currently haha) in my backpack.
We often used to go there with my sister until high school, then we got lazy to renew our cards and stopped going altogether. Although I made an attempt at going again during my uni years, but it didn’t last long…
The librarian who signed me up has been working there as long as I can remember. We chatted a bit about on the evolution of the subscription offer and how the library was operated nowadays. She told me I made her feel old because the info I remembered was so outdated… I felt old too.
Lately, I’ve come to realize how much my city changed over the years. I’ve been living in there since I was born and the older I got, the less time I spent around local areas… However, I truly realize now how much activities there are to do locally (+ them being dirt cheap, thus accessible) and I feel a bit stupid for not really paying attention until now.
Growing up and living in a Parisian suburb meant that commuting was part of my daily life for a very long time to the point I didn’t even realize how much time I spent in the public transportation. It was 15 minutes in high school, since it was located in a neighboring city, to 2 hours to 3 hours (if there was no perturbation) a day during uni years! I’d commute almost every day to Paris, even during weekends to meet friends. And I don’t live even that far from the capital compared to other suburbians…
My boyfriend is amused at how I’m “rediscovering” my city since I keep telling him how nice it is. I guess he worded it accurately! I’ll continue exploring what it offers :D
(Featured picture by Jeanne Menjoulet)