I don’t have anything particularly insightful to say right now. I think it is well established that I found many flaws in Paris during my stay there, and that it is not the city of my dreams. That being said, it was still a home to me for the better part of a year, and there are many things about it I miss. I was given the opportunity to grow, learn, and meet people I never would have otherwise in that city, and I am forever grateful for my time there. I am even more thankful that those I know there are safe today.
Even before the events at Charlie Hebdo, prejudice was a slow toxin spreading through French society, with a number of reasons I won’t go into here. After the events of last evening, I fear that poison is going to change the nature of the city forever, and that saddens me a good deal. My thoughts are with you, Paris, and so are my hopes that you will overcome this tragedy and not let fear overcome you.