October’s theme for the Photo of the Month project was Victory. I was racking my brain trying to figure out how I could capture a photo that represented such a powerful idea. I live in a city where there are hundreds, if not thousands of statues and monuments built in honour of victories, but I didn’t feel like I could use any of them for this month’s challenge.
So instead, I decided to take a bit of a personal angle on the theme, which is why you’re seeing a photo of the Eiffel Tower. I was quite comfy on my couch this Sunday, with no intentions of heading outside, but once the idea hit me, I just couldn’t resist (also, the weather gods were clearly giving me a sign to go outside, since for the first time in a long time, it was a sunny day).
So why the Eiffel Tower? Well, it’s the symbol of Paris (at least when you’re living in another country), and it’s also become the symbol of my “victory”. I’ve always dreamed of moving to Europe (France in particular) and after years of planning, saving up, then quitting a wonderful job and leaving family and friends behind, I moved to…Grenoble. I spend one roller coaster year there turning back the clock to become a student again (with all the fun of exams and late night cramming), travelling around and exploring everything France has to offer.
Now I’m finally in Paris, and after a mountain of paperwork and stress (and many more mountains to come), I’ve managed to find a job, an apartment and some new friends. So there you go. This is why the Eiffel Tower is my Victory – because I’m finally here!