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February 14th 2007
Published: February 19th 2007
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With not a person in sight...
I know that I always said that my year here in France was going to be just about me. I said that I was going to use this year to ‘find myself’, to be independent, and not to let my experiences get tainted with messy, emotional dramas. I swore that I wouldn’t fall in love.

Well, here I am, just over 4 weeks into my stay here and I’m already eating my words. I’m well and truly, head over heels in love…… with Strasbourg.

I tried to stop it but I just I couldn’t control myself! I didn’t plan it - it just happened. It’s beauty has rendered me powerless. Everywhere I look is breathtaking. Every corner turned is another exciting street to be discovered. I love exploring Strasbourg, and I know it’s only the honeymoon phase, but I really feel like I belong here.

And I’m feeling guilty too because I’m still so much in love with Sydney. It’s like I’m cheating on Sydney with Strasbourg - and I don't even want to think about Sydney right now because I don't want to think about facing it with the sin of having loved another city while I
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Every time I walk down my street to my appartment I want to take a photo but I have to restrain myself because I don't want to feel like a tourist all the time!
was away.

Not only am I in love with the city, I'm in love with my appartment. It's so central it's hard to believe I chose it over the internet before I got here. I could've waited until I arrived, schlepped around the city for 2 weeks visiting every available place, and then still not have found one as good as this. It's too good to be true! Every morning I wake up and look out the window at the view, stick my head outside and breathe in the chilly air (which is probably why I keep getting a cold!) and think to myself how happy I am and how much I love this city. Not to mention Juliette and Bastian who are absolutely amazing flatmates.

It only takes 25 minutes to walk to uni, in fact, in only takes about 5 to 30 minutes to walk pretty much anywhere. And the walks are so beautiful because they're either down a cute little cobble stoned lane, or by the river. In fact, I think if there wasn’t so much water here I’d be missing the beach a lot more. The river encircles the city centre and if I’m
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My appartment block - oh so cute!
ever feeling stressed or if something goes wrong, I can just take a walk by the river and I feel fine. You can’t swim in it, but when did I ever go swimming at the beach? It’s always too cold! (It’ll be interesting to see if my opinions on the cold change at all after a year here.)

So, that’s my love confession out in the open. It’s a relationship with an expiry date, which is something I never wanted to deal with, but I’m taking it on board never the less. And maybe, just like in other relationships, all the little things I love about Strasbourg will end up annoying me, so that maybe once my year is up I’ll be glad to leave it behind. I have a feeling although that that won’t be the case - but I’m just enjoying my new love for the moment, one day at a time.






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Sunset From My Window

(Picture from Lizette)
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The Cathedral

The cathedral is such an important part of the city I need to get some better pics and explain more about it later...
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Place Cathedral

One of the more touristy streets in Strasbourg near the Cathedral.
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Ill River

Just next to the beautiful Ill river I have the pleasure of walking by every day on my way to uni.
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Ill River

Deep breath.... and sigh!


21st February 2007

verty funny...
Very funny, you nearly had me there... By the way you are a fantastic writer, it is really interesting to read your stuff.
21st February 2007

Wow
I can see why you are in love (you didn't get me though - I could see the punch line). Never-the-less another fantastic read - writing is definitely one of your fortes.

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