I know, I know everyone dreams of living in Paris, and it is a dream in many ways, but there are lots of idiosyncrasies that snap one out of the dream quickly.
Like my super drafty apartment and the exorbitant heating costs.
Or when I take a shower the water is so hard it feels like I'm washing with chalk.
* Endnote: the suspect neighbor just rang to say the water's back on! Grateful for small miracles!