Chez Soi

Adventures of a Year Abroad


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We arrived at the apartment at the scheduled time, only to wait. We had some croissants with us (picked up on the way from our local boulangerie, near the Solferino metro station) but those took about two minutes to eat (hungry, jet lagged people love carbs in general but French carbs are the best!) so we spent about half an hour in the rain … just waiting.

We got let into the building by the concierge, Nabilla. She turned out to be lovely. Made us feel quite welcome.

Curt and I first just lingered as we waited for our appointed person to come give us the keys but then seeing it could be awhile, just started settling in. But kiddo found his own spot in his room, and settled in to read more of the Ranger’s Apprentice. When I went to take a picture of him quietly reading in his book, he looked up. (He looks tired, doesn’t he… We all are!)


Author: nilofermerchant

Strategist. Passionate about igniting cultures of innovation. HBR Writer, O'Reilly Author (published January 2010) of The New How, and former CEO of Rubicon.

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