This is the first post in a new series called Wanderlust. If you love travel (and dreaming of travel) as much as I do, this series is for you. – E
Well, you know I’ve got Paris on my mind. Which made me remember my first time there with Kirk.
We were completely broke when we got married. I decided I didn’t want a fancy ring. Instead, we asked my cousin to make one out of silver in his high school metalworking class. (I still wear it and love it!) I wanted to save every penny for a backpacking trip to Europe, and Kirk agreed. For 6 months, we scrimped and saved, working multiple food service jobs. We ended up with $5000 and decided to stay for 3 months. After taking out the cost of airfare to and from the Continent, that left us with $18 per day per person for everything included — food, lodging, transportation, museum entries, etc… Ha!
So imagine how devastated we were one morning in Paris when we absentmindedly forgot that our metro passes had expired, and ended up getting fined almost $200. We still had a magical time in the city of light, though. Our friend Dannii let us crash on her floor, and took us to her favorite Paris places, including the perfect spot on Ile St. Louis for a sunset picnic. We climbed the steps to the Sacré Coeur, splurged on dinner at a little bistro in St. Germain, tried to spot all the Space Invaders…
That was 7 years ago. This will be our first time back. I feel incredibly lucky to go — and at the same time, I want to find a way to make travel like this happen more often. – Eva
Holga photos and hand lettering by Eva Jorgensen for Sycamore Street Press