June 1st, 2009
|07:30 am - Paris|
You are probably wondering what I am up to. I've been very busy... I'm in Paris!
We are staying in a small studio with a kitchenette. We are in the 5me, near the Pantheon and the Luxemburg. J works on his math problem during the day, and I've been doing householdy things and working on my novel during the day. There are a whole lot of mathematicians who have been invited. We had lunch with his PhD advisor a week or so ago. J comes home for lunch, or we go eat somewhere. It's very domestic and cosy.
We arrived on a Sunday, and hung out a couple of days. Then we went to Lausanne, where he had a job interview. Things are looking good there. Lausanne is a beautiful city on Lake Geneva. His parents came for a day, and we took a boat ride across the lake to Evian-les-bains (where the bottled water is from). Then we went to Geneva to see my relatives. My grandmother is in the process of moving to Morges, which is near Lausanne, so if we moved there we'd be near here. A lot of the professors live in Morges, as the university is halfway between Lausanne and Morges, and Morges is cheaper. Since the house was chaos, we stayed in a hotel, in a very overpriced garret room with spiderwebs in the rafters. Then we went back to Paris.
As I mentioned, we work during the day, and then we do our hanging out in the evening. We like to stroll down to the Quartier Latin, and hang out around there. Sometimes we eat out. Sometimes we have dinner first, then walk around. We've both been to Paris several times before, so there isn't the pressure to sightsee, we can just enjoy ourselves. We did do some touristy stuff...
We went to Chartres on Saturday. I LOVED it. Paris is wonderful, but my favorite part of France is all these cute small towns. I made the same observation last year when we rented the car and bummed around the countryside outside of Toulouse. Chartres looks like the town from Beauty and the Beast. It's got enough shops and restaurants to be interesting, but there's a calmer feel to it, and there are nice plazas with restaurants on them. And, of course, the cathedral, which is splendid.
We saw "The Bald Soprano" that evening, in the Theatre de la Huchette. If any of you speak French and go to Paris, see it, or see "La Lecon" which I saw a few years back when I was chaperoning students around France. Ionesco is brilliant, and the production is great, even for those whose French is shaky (though you need a basic amount to understand it).
We went to the Louvre on Sunday. We didn't see the Mona Lisa, since we've both seen it before, we went to see an Egyptian exhibition, and then we just wandered around. We did go by the Venus de Milo. The Egyptian exhibit was very cool, lots of pictures of Osiris with the crook and scourge. As for the pyramid... people usually love or hate it. I was ambivilent towards it until Sunday, when we had to stand under it because of the lines. Two words... greenhouse effect.
Tonight we are dining with my cousin C, who works in Pakistan, and his young eastern European ballet dancer lover. Tomorrow we are dining with my Parisian cousins. Wednesday is J's birthday, and we are going to St. Chapelle to see a concert. It's a beautiful old church. I've never been, but J loves it. I ordered his cake today, I suppose we will eat it when we get back from the concert.
This weekend, we leave Paris for Basel, where he is meeting with a professor from the University. He has an interview Monday morning. Sunday night, his parents are taking us out to dinner. After his interview, we are off to Evian-les-bains, where he is giving a talk for a math conference. While we are there, I will take the boat across to see my grandmother, who will probably be in Morges by then. Then we are off to Basel again, and then home!
It is going to be a very busy summer. We'll have 2 weeks in Philly, and his friend Wilhelm is coming to work with him on their big math project. During that time, I will go up to Boston to see some friends and my family. Then, my brother's wedding is the first weekend of July, then his brother is coming to visit, then we are going to see Wilhelm in Chicago for two weeks, then that brings us to August. We may go to China in August, it depends what happens with the flu and all that. Then two weeks of rest, and school starts again! We're in a total whirl!
And hopefully before the end of the summer, he'll get another offer... from Lausanne! We will see. If we move to Lausanne, come visit us.
I remember reading La Canatrice Chauve and La Leçon in French class in high school. :)
They are so hilarious.
It was a great production!