well, here i am in france. please excuse some typos as i am still trying to figure out the french keyboard. i had an uneventful trip over the sea on the red eye out of philly, and onto an airbus in london to paris. i have to say british airways is the greatest airline i have ever flown: a private movie screen, tons of food, and a lot of space. i did not sleep so i was nearly delirious when i reached paris, but consented to the eiffel tower, the arc de triomphe, a walk along the champs elysees[i have a beautiful new coat from promod], and dinner at a cafe. the very old man who waited on us laughed about the little american girl drinking a bigger beer than her french companion, but i just shrugged. i needed a full pint! i fell asleep in the car on the way to berck, but was pleased when we arrived. it is beautiful here. the air is clean, and guigui has a large apartment that is decorated impecciably. i spent yesterday finishing tropic of cancer by henry miller, and though it made me cry, i came away from it in a fairly good mood. guigui gave me a lesson in french cooking and then i read some french comics. i am a little out of my element, but as i settle my writing should become more detailed. i carry the states in my heart and wonder what i have done to come into such good fortune as this. i will post pictures again when i figure out the computer. bye for now!