There you will become some ultimate version of yourself. Take it from me, no American can really see himself, or understand his country, when he is here, in the middle of all the brutal and hectic commerce. It effaces everything. You will see when you go. France is a very different country- each and every cobblestone there has played its part in history.
Your eyes will be wide open.
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