Our journey has begun. In chats among ourselves, we can sense in each other the kind of nervousness that characterizes big trips. It’s an energy in which you just know something inside you will be transformed forever. Our trip, however, has an additional variable: we sincerely – and modestly, we might add – aspire to transform something in everyone we meet. Yes, ExperienceLess has arrived to Paris!
The site chosen for our initial representation of ExperienceLess is Champs d’ Elysees, smack dab in the center of Paris, right next to a tourist information stand. No sooner do we set up our poster (see photo) that a gawking group of curious onlookers congregates around us. They must’ve wondered: Why is that young man clamoring for help to live this city when there’s a tourism stand just 10 meters away? Many of the more reticent onlookers never get an answer to the question. However, a fair share of those less shy step up to find out more about this thing called ExperienceLess.
We explain that our aim is to discover those must-see places that anyone wanting to live Paris cannot leave without experiencing. A couple of hours later, our Moleskine is overflowing with places to visit and things to do.
Armed with numerous suggestions, we set off poster in tow for Camps de Mars, following the advice of Laurence, a local urban photographer. She eagerly had told us about a screening near the Eiffel Tower that night of “Home”, a documentary on climate change. Lots of young people were supposed to be there. We couldn’t think of anything more appropriate to do on World Environment Day, so, we went. Well, she was right. Thousands of cool, environmentally-concerned people showed up to snack and down a few beers two hours before the film began. Thanks, Laurence!
We’d like to extend a warm thank-you to all those who stopped to inquire what we were up to and those of you who filled out our questionnaire with wonderful suggestions and, lastly, to those who supported us with a smile. Every little bit helps.