I am starting over. Today is August 2, 2020, and it is a new day for me. Why? OK, here goes…. Some of this is repetitive to those who “follow” Jayspeak. But, a lot of it is not.
That said, during July, I had a bunch of tests plus an MRI to find out why I am so dizzy and feel so bad. I was terrified to find out the results, hoping it was not a tumor. One doctor told me I probably had a tumor in my left ear. What?????? With the virus and trying to survive in general, I MAY HAVE A TUMOR????? She did not know and wanted to find out. SO DID I!! NOTHING. They found nothing. There is nothing wrong with me! WHAT?? Nothing is wrong with me.??? Great!! Ok, all of this has been going on. Terror, then relief. Frustration, then not frustrated.
Main reason —— I am moving……. again.
A bit of the back story – my deal with my current landlord (a friend who is back and forth between Paris and Nice) was that I could stay here until I found an apartment. It is not easy to rent an apartment in Paris for expats. Most people and real estate agents require a “dossier” and “guarantors” and things I don’t have. AND, they don’t want a tenant to be 83.
SO, in the middle of a pandemic – at the age of 83, and without dossier or guarantor, I start looking for another apartment. Haha. Welllll, my thinking was that owners wanted rent/income. Therefore owners needed tenants to pay rent, and NO ONE was movin IN or OUT of France. No one was moving! I could pay the rent. And, I contacted the owner. BINGO!
Right away, I found one I like! And yesterday, I signed all of the contracts and paid the security deposit and the first month’s rent. It has some nature nearby (the Bois du Boulogne – “woods”) and one bedroom with two elevators and a balcony on the 5th floor. It is in the 16eme arrondissement in the auteuil area (for those of you who know Paris). I like the owners. That will be my new home. I hope I get to stay put for awhile, anyway.
Now, for those of you who know the 6eme (busy and touristy and college town with the Sorbonne), the 16eme is very different (residential). The lifestyle will be very different. I think that will be good for me. Why? After spending a LOT of time researching dizziness, I think a lot of it is emotional. I think I am longing for a lifestyle that feels right for me – large city in a nice residential area. LA, living in Pacific Palisades or Brentwood or Westwood or Beverly Hills. I hope so anyway. I need to give it a try.
So, my work is cut out for me. I need to get a grip, get into regular physical therapy, balance my crystals, exercise, improve my outlook, wear a mask, wash my hands, ……. WHAT???? That is TOO hard. ALL of Paris has a café society. I must find a new café, fix the balcony for Missy, find new doctors, find movers, new physical therapy, new, new, new. New neighborhood. Begin again. Ouch.
I gave notice to my current landlord that I will be out by September 1,2020. So, it is all ahead of me…..again.
Actually, this is all good news. I think Missy and I will both get better. This Studio has been perfect for my 7 months here. But, this is not for either of us. Now, where I am going has problems, too, but so be it. I will find a way.
More than you ever wanted to know. So, Jayspeak will keep you informed. I don’t want to post any photos at this point because they are not good. And, I have not taken my own photos. This is the front of the building.
This is a listing photo of the kitchen.
This is the ad that caught my attention:
“Auteuil district. Furnished (or unfurnished) 2 room apartment 47 m² on a quiet, bright street. Possibility of shared accommodation without hindrance – double access – Bathroom, wc and entrance – from the bedroom and the living room.
Standing building with garden, 5th floor, 2 elevators, Entrance-Library, Living room with sofa, Flat screen, telephone socket, table for 4, 4 chairs, buffet – Fully equipped kitchen, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, 4-burner gas cooker + oven, extractor hood, coffee maker, crockery, vacuum cleaner, ironing board and iron, bed and toilet linen possible – Bedroom with double bed, Bathroom (washing machine) and Dressing room – separate wc wash-hand basin ( cupboard). Collective heating – Building access 1st digicode, then a 2nd digicode, intercom, security guard on site. Close to all shops, Auteuil market. Close to the Bois de Boulogne, close to Roland Garros.” And the Auteuil Market!
That works! Now, I know nothing much about this area, but it looks very interesting. It has an amazing history. And the Bois du Boulogne looks great. So, to be continued. Stay tuned.