My Exile to Paris

Updated: Jul 10


In the summer of 2018.....I decided to go to Paris to escape the political climate of America. Children being held at the border, was enough for me, being a Social Worker and a doer, I felt I had to do something, but after talking to a few colleagues, there was not much in my power that I can do. I was already, feeling powerless over the state of Black Boys in America, it was all too much for me to bear, I felt angry and unheard.


It has always been a dream of mine to go to the City of Lights, after reading stories of one of my Icons, Josephine Baker and her amazing existence as an expat in France. A new airline from Iceland had just opened, called WOW with affordable flights to Paris presenting the perfect opportunity for me to exit the country. I took a leap of faith and I booked a one way flight and a beautiful loft in Neuilly Plaissance, which quickly became my favorite town.


I landed at 9 Pm during the Full Moon. Paris under the full moon was illuminating. Living in Paris is like living in a storybook from my childhood....it is a magical and enchanting experience. I made many new friends and had amazing adventures, that I will cherish forever. Go to my instagram account @kimafreeka to check out more pictures and stories of my Paris escapades.



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