SO, you must by now know that I am back from my unbelieveably, lifechanging amazing trip to Paris but haven’t heard from me at all. SO why the social media silence ever since returning from Paris? The truth is I myself don’t really know. I came back somewhat unwillingly (because Paris captured my heart) and was a little shocked at the way life had continued to go on here in Brooklyn Park. I had gotten so used to the hustle and bustle of Paris that I didn’t know what to do with myself. Tumblr and instagram took a huge chunk of my time and helped me stay connected to Paris, but alas it wasn’t the same through a screen. More than anything I missed the Samera that was in Paris. I missed her enthusiasm and passion for living in the moment and found myself with a lot of time on my hands and not a lot of things to do. At this point I was waiting for my wonderful internship to start but I did realize that I was going through a bit of reverse culture shock.
I had gone through culture shock before in 2008 when i moved to MN from Gambia so I thought I’d be able to identify it but I was wrong. My Parisian counter culture shock was very subtle and only showed itself whenever i was with large groups of people. The volume when people talked and the way they dressed were the first things I had to get used to. After all, Paris isn’t called the city of fashion for no reason.
I have since become more comfortable being back home but haven’t been ready yet to say goodbye to Paris. I write this post now on almost a year back from Paris in an attempt to reconnect with this blog. SO much has happened since I’ve returned that a single post wouldn’t do it justice.
For ow though, I’m looking towards the future and counting down the days towards graduation, and hoping to be reunited with Paris soon.