The results are in and Macron has won! Ouf as they say in France for phew! I watched the TV coverage with a friend from 7:50 pm on. The polls closed at 7 some places and larger cities at 8. I really did think he would win but in those last 10 minutes I was getting a very nervous feeling in my gut. Ouf is right! Amazingly, the race was called about 8:04 pm! Fast counting.
I have been here since Wednesday. But pretty much house-bound at my friend’s. My bad cold was getting better by the time I flew but the airplane trips move it from improving to terrible horrible hacking out a lung cough. I had a quick foray into Paris on Friday but it wiped me out. I am close to the mend but am staying home again tomorrow. All I do is cough, sleep, cough, eat, cough, and sleep again. A friend graciously canceled a lunch we had planned for tomorrow. I will see him Wednesday.
Tomorrow is another round of packing! I packed well so I didn’t need to open either large suitcase: everything is in my carry-on roller bag. But I left things here with my friend. A great many things. More than I realized. I have a comforter, some sheets, some foldable cubes…and a bag of toiletries and OTC meds. And a pair of shoes. Whew. She has a large suitcase I can use to stuff things in so that my driver will carry them all upstairs for me and it will look like traveling, not moving house.
Tuesday I move back in the apartment. And discover how bad the construction is going to be. Or more hopefully, how much construction they got done!
So that’s the illness limbo I am in. I can’t wait to stop coughing. I can’t wait to be in my own place – no matter how gracious my hostess is, it’s just wretched to be sick at someone else’s house.
And a note for my prize winner in Folsom – I need your email address please!
We can all sleep better tonight with EM in charge over here. No 3 months wait – he’s President in two weeks. Then the general assembly elections are mid-June.
Someone posted on Facebook that Macron can speak better English than Trump. That may be true. He is fluent in English – first French President to be so, I think.
Mes amis. Bon nuit!