we’re invisible and we’re bulletproof…

yesterday, i woke up early and found some green space in a park nearby to do some reading and writing while snacking on a baguette with some strawberry jelly…afterwards, i decided to go hunt for some falafal as i’d developed a craving the day prior…on my last paris visit, i was living near the marais and had a pretty delicious falafel sandwich from l’as du fallafel, which seems to get a ton of press and also proudly boasts that it’s highly recommended by lenny kravitz

this time, i decided to venture across the street to mi-va-mi (l’as was closed, anyway, and i wanted to try something new)…i was rewarded after a short wait in line with this…

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it tasted as wonderful as it looked and while good falafel is certainly not hard to come by in nyc – this did have a unique charm…most notably, the use of a spicy orange sauce which, for my tamilian folks, will taste just like your amma’s onion chutney…a compliment indeed…i sat down on the street (literally) with a few other folks who were also consuming their own sandwiches and took my time dissecting this beast of a sandwich…in addition to the sauce, the huge chunks of roasted eggplant spread throughout were like little golden nuggets meant for the treasure chest of my tongue…i’m usually not a fan of eating these things with a fork – but it was absolutely necessary to avoid making a mess all over the streets…

afterwards i decided to take a walk down the seine since i was already nearby…i knew i would at least partially regret this because, while the view was nice and there was certainly a lot going on, the crowds on a saturday afternoon were just too much for my anti-social-self to be able to handle…i lasted about a half an hour before wandering back towards the metro and hoping on the 4 back to my apartment in montmartre…

i’ve always been impressed with the paris subway system…don’t get me wrong, i’m more than satisfied with what nyc provides in the way of public transport…but in the many times i’ve taken the subway here on my visits, i’ve never waited more than 6 minutes for a train…ever…and the fact that every station tells when the next (two) trains are coming is greatly appreciated…i suppose that’s the benefit of not running the trains 24/7 a la new york…you can handle maintenance easier and keep your daily schedules very regulated…

these days, i rarely get into a subway after midnight, so i’d be happy if nyc opted for a more paris-like schedule (assuming the efficiency during the day would improve as well)…but i’ve also had many international visitors who have stayed with me nyc who rave about how they wish their cities had a 24/7 metro option…tough call…

after a quick run this morning up to sacre-couer and back (the uphill definitely kicked my ass), i grabbed another breakfast quiche and spent some time working on lesson plans for the upcoming year…changing schools, i’m finding myself more nervous than i’ve been in the last 4 years about generally being prepared, so i’m starting early…very excited about working on a 7th grade curriculum again as i think the content offers a ton of options for interesting explorations…

i’ve been writing, slowly, more songs on the ukelele i managed to stuff into my bag on the airplane…it’s been a while since i’ve sat down to write so deliberately and while this exercise has been historically hit or miss, i felt like i needed some structure just to get back into the flow…in between some bouts of writer’s block, i started working on a cover of  possum dixon’s “invisible” …

i’d probably not be playing music at all if chris hadn’t had passed this record on to me when we were teenagers…little things…

i’m going to spend the next couple of hours writing before meeting a couchsurfing friend for a drink in the evening…the couchsurfing website has come a long way in the last 8 years that i’ve used it…it also serves as a pretty amazing example of some of the best that humanity has to offer…lots of great folks to meet…

looking forward to the craze of the weekend to die down and i hope to explore a few museums tomorrow sans crowds…

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