On a Whim
A few years ago, when I was living in Baltimore, sitting at my desk at my day job, I got an idea in my head. I should go to Paris. Now. I looked up airfares and, voila, got an excellent deal, and two weeks later, I was off to celebrate Nuit Blanche with the Parisians. It was liberating, it was spontaneous, and it really wasn’t that hard to do.
So for a girl now living it Paris, you’d thing I’d never want to leave or go the other direction. But I had the idea to return for my favorite day of the year in Baltimore awhile ago, but lately I’ve had a couple extra signs that I should just get up and do it. So I did. On Sunday (yes, just a few days ago), I bought a last minute ticket back to the states (kayak.com – more affordable than expected, and my plane was half empty). The only people I told were my parents and the rest was a big surprise.
The theme of surprise started on Wednesday when I had a 4 hour layover in Philly. A couple kind Americans lent me their cell phones (funny, I’m that disconnected from my homeland that I can’t even make a phone call myself), and I pulled my good friend Lauren out of work long enough to grab a quick coffee before heading back to the airport and home to DC. Surprise!
Today marked the biggest of them all as I surprised my best friend in the world – and lots of other great ones too – for one of my favorite days in the world which happens tomorrow. All I can say was a great moment with lots of surprise and shock. Hooray!
So if anyone is looking for anything fun to do tomorrow – check out the Kinetic Sculpture Race in Baltimore. After my posts the past two years about it, hopefully a trip back from Paris on a whim proves to you that it’s worth every second!