Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Deep Thoughts in Late-Nite London

It's Tuesday night in London, and I'm at Calatrava Norte, the flat I've been occasionally sharing with Marco since January. I'm here all week, working on what is to be my next project and my next move. We watched Chelsea v. Liverpool tonight and ate Thai takeout. We talked about my trip to Dubai and I asked Marco to be in my wedding. We laughed a lot.

I'm going to miss this.

In less than three weeks I'm due in New York. I haven't written about it until now because it wasn't official until a few days ago, when I finally received my new contract. Same company, new adventure. The company that hired me in Barcelona, had me start in Boston for two months, and then sent me to Paris in September to help start a new sports and entertainment team there, is now sending me to New York - at my request back in September - to help launch one of our UK agencies.

I have a thing for timing, huh? Moving to another city. AGAIN. At least this time it's one I know well. Too well, maybe, which is why I'll have to live in Brooklyn to stir things up a bit. Trying to simultaneously plan a wedding, manage two careers, organize immigration paperwork for Frenchy, and help launch a new company in the midst of a global economic crisis. Ain't no mountain high enough!

The worst part of all of this is that I will be leaving Europe behind. And Frenchy too, temporarily, while he waits for his visa. But at least I know he'll eventually be joining me there. Europe, however, is staying right where it is. Gone will be the weekend jaunts to foreign countries. (Then again, knowing me, maybe not.) And the random IESE reunions. There aren't many of us in the Big Apple... those who are in the US have tended toward San Francisco. It's going to be strange to be back. And wonderful. I can go back to my old soccer team, my old martial arts school, my old cafes, and my old friends. But what about all the new stuff?

I love New York and I'm excited about this new career move and new adventure. But it's certainly a bittersweet time. Just over two more weeks left in Paris, and just as the weather is starting to turn to spring. Well, at least I know it's not going anywhere....

9 comments:

mihaela said...

indeed, Paris isn't going anywhere, and neither is Bucharest - still I am kinda sorry you didn't manage to bring Quentin over before you move back to the US. Anyway, hope to meet again this year - I will be coming to the US sometime, though I'm not totally sure I can arrange it in time for the wedding as much as I'd love that. Hugs

NoellieBellie said...

I know... I'm a totally sh!t for not making it back there this winter. I just told Quentin the other day that I'm really sad we haven't done it yet. But never fear..... like my governator says: I'LL BE BACK!

Xavi said...

Wow... moving again ! This is really crazy.... well, I hope that you will enjoy New York and I can guarantee that I will be visiting since I love that city !

Kevin said...

You guys are coming back to NY! I got to my blue belt then stopped. The costs were adding up and I had too many things going on including soccer. It's going to be good to see you both.

Nicole said...

don't worry! you can come down to philly, we'll watch football and order thai takeout, i won't wear deodorant for weeks and will laugh cruelly with schadenfreude, and it'll be like you never left europe!

Evan said...

these are tough times, for sure. lots of decisions. lots of things pulling in different directions. not to be sappy, but nicole and i are happy that we'll be seeing you more frequently... and even happier to have some hip brooklynites to drop in on. ;)

Amma said...

It will be wonderful to have you,Quentin,Nicole & Evan all near enough to visit us.
It will be stressful trying to move back to US, but Europes' loss is our gain..
Enjoyed the blog.
Love & hugs,
Amma & Poppy

NoellieBellie said...

Wow... thanks everyone! Two weeks from now I´ll be ... well, I´ll be sleeping. But a few hours and two weeks from now, and I´ll be in my NYC office instead of my Paris office. Strange, and still seems very far away, even if it´s not! Yikes!

Anonymous said...

wow!good luck!

you guys should go to to Montreal one weekend if you ever miss French bad attitude!


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