I have been procrastinating the difficult chore of writing on here that Paris isn't appealing to me, but I can't longer postpone it.
Yes, Paris is a difficult city to live in. First and most importantly, because finding an apartment is a terrible nightmare and even worse if you are going to stay for a short period as it's my case. Second, because everything is expensive. I had been to Paris before, but the longer period was a month, so I really didn't get to see or analyze how expensive the daily spending was.
Then it's the clochard distress. It is really sad to see that many people living on the streets. Yeah, big cities gather all sorts of people, of course. But in the last couple of years I have been to different cities such as Budapest, Havana or Oslo and lived in London and Madrid and I haven't seen so much misery on their streets. Seriously. You get to see people sleeping on the tube platforms, on little streets, on big avenues, you get to see mothers breastfeeding their babies while begging for money at the busy Quarter Latin... I know you can't make the problem disappear and it is a difficult one, I have no idea and I just wonder if the government has any sort of plan or deal or allowance or something, something to cut poverty on the streets of Paris. But if they do have one, it's definitely not going well at all.
I must admit this impression could be that I am just going to the wrong places, but Parisians aren't that fashionable -but they are rude enough-. Of course there are well-dressed people, cool people, but just like in Milan or London or any other big city. That allure you can almost smell when you like fashion and you imagine Paris seems to be no longer available. I'd rather not talk about rudeness, but if you are coming over, just think rudeness will find you.
I will be back soon with a more positive post!