The Backstory #13: Eiffel Tower
The Origin: Paris, naturally.
As you all know (because I talk about it quite a lot), I studied in Paris when I was 20.
On my first day of orientation, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in nine years. Angela, a girl who attended my 11th birthday party in Midland, Texas, was there in Paris from the University of Texas at Austin. Small world, no?
Angela and I spent a lot of time together that year exploring Paris, travelling to London and Luxembourg, and proofreading one another’s schoolwork.
At the end of the year, Angela presented me with this small Eiffel Tower to commemorate our time as ex-pats. It’s from one of the thousands of vendors who swarm you when you visit the actual Eiffel Tower. In Angela’s words, it was a purchase I wouldn’t have made for myself (as I was trying painfully hard to be seen as French or, at least, European-of-indeterminate-origin).
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