Last night I had drinks with an old colleague back from the days I advertised sugar kids cereal. He is from LA and our working relationship was mostly by phone at odd hours and then we'd spend a few weeks here and there if we were doing commercial shoots in LA. He was in Paris after spending a few intense weeks in Europe for various production projects and we met up at his hotel near Etoile.
Luckily it was so close to our apartment that I was able to walk there in less than ten minutes. What I realized while walking there is how there is so much of the surrounding streets around our apartment that I don't know at all. I took a back way to the hotel in an effort to walk down a random street and found:
I found two small cafés that look like perfect places for an apero once the weather warms up. I found an independent bio store that had a relatively good variety of bulk items - including walnuts - which are more difficult than you would expect to find, bulk or not bulk. I found a crappy sushi place that maybe will be good for a cheeky take-out lunch.
What I also discovered is that there is so much of my neighborhood that I really don't know. It's like once I found the few convenient places, I quit exploring and I'm not sure why. There is something about exploring here that I have hesitation about. I'm not very good at it. Maybe I was never good at it and since I was never really good at it, I'm even worse at it in a foreign language. Maybe it's because I have "more" time to explore and so do less exploring. Or is it that I feel guilty exploring when I'm trying to create something that is more of a normal job type schedule. I'm not sure.
What I do know is that I need to make more of an effort - even if it's just once a week - to walk around my neighborhood more and explore what's in my own backyard.