6 years ago this month I kissed two boys under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Neither of them saw it coming.
I spent the day hanging out with them; our Parisian friend who let us crash on her couch and floor had to work, so we North Americans went out to explore. I knew them all from the same site on which I met my other travel-hungry blog friends from around the US. It was the end of my six week whirlwind tour, and I’d already spent a few days in Paris at the beginning of my trip. Exploring the city with these boys was fun in a different way; we rode a bungee jump thing, we took the metro everywhere, and I surprised them both with a kiss at the Tour Eiffel.
The following spring I went to Toronto to visit the Canadian boy (Mike) and my other good friend in that city. It was four days of awesomeness. I’ve got a whole yahoo photo album somewhere full of pictures from that trip.
I am occasionally still in touch with my Canadian friends from the travel site: one who is really into hockey (hackey!) and ska and punk music; one who moved to New York to live with his girlfriend; one who had dreams of attending Teacher’s College in Australia; and Mike.
In the last couple of years, every one has gotten engaged/married – the transplant to New York is now a dad, the hockey player getting married to his childhood sweetheart this month, the teacher married last fall. And today I checked my email and Mike had sent the good news – he’s engaged! And he thought of me because he and his fiancee are heading to Paris this weekend.
Mike, I hope you and Monica have a wonderful trip. Congratulations and all the best wishes for your life together. I promise I will not send her a copy of this picture:
(I might send her this one, though)
You know it’s good times when they make you wear a paper crown.