So what is this all about? basically, I moved to Paris for three months to take on intensive French courses and experience what it is like to live here. It has always been my dream to live six months in Paris, and since I cannot be here for that long, I’m only doing about half of the time, but I still consider it as realizing my life-long dream. And since it is such a big deal for me, I have decided to start a blog that I intend to keep up-to-date with my whereabouts and what’s going no in my mind.

I also have the photo gallery where I’ll be posting all of the images related to my move to the second capital of love. Your comments are more than welcome, as I try to make the most out of my short stay, both on a linguistic level, as well as on a cultural one.

I also have the calendar where I will try to keep all of my upcoming events organized.

Personally, I think it is easy for people to talk about what they want to do in life, but I think it is a bit of a challenge to actually walk the walk. And that’s not necessarily because their dreams are hard to achieve (I would say the majority of the people I have contact with have humble and realistic dreams), it is because we are so involved in our societies, that we forget to do what we really want to do.

It is very easy to get a degree, find a job, and settle down. It might be even easier to convince yourself that this is what you’ve always wanted to do, and that you couldn’t be happier. But the truth is that we need to think outside the box, and try to overcome the limitations that society has inevtiably overwhelmed us with, and try to think what it is we want to do in life, and how about we can go around doing it.

I don’t know much myself, but one thing’s for sure, and that is that I do not want to be a corporate slave. I always want to be doing what I enjoy, and if that requires money, for example, then I would look for the best option available that would provide money – but only to move on and realize my dream, and not just do it for the sake of doing it.

This visit is short, but it might well be the one thing I look back on and feel proud that I have done. And I wish I am never forced into anything that I am not entirely comfortable with, and I wish you all the same.

You can always visit my personal website and portfolio at http://www.tarekshalaby.com, or email me: info [at] tarekshalaby [dot] com. And remember, you only live once, so carpe diem.