Now and then, a Sabbatical story comes along that is too good to pass up, and too good not to pass along.
Meet Todd Babiak. Todd is a writer based in Edmonton—on a year-long BreakAway with his family in Paris. He’s having a gas, as this article describes. He’s also finding that sabbaticals bring surprises.
Babiak’s latest book is called Toby: A Man. It’s about an etiquette commentator for a TV station. (Now there’s a job with few openings!) After studying manners for so long, Babiak decided to do a year in Paris—in hopes of landing in a place where civility truly is alive and well. Well, is it? He answers…
Vulgarity is global now; we can’t get away from it.”
Babiak tells the story of walking his daughter to school one morning, only to pass by two men peeing on a building amidst a busy street. Now, anyone who’s spent time in Europe knows that such practices are common. Still, it can be a buzzkill to pursue a course in grace, and instead experience coarseness.
Our Sabbatical seeker is eating it up though, as one tends to do in Paris. His faux blog, Tobyaman.com, features the commentary and Q&A of the uber-refined Toby—who is “suing” Babiak for writing that unauthorized biography. It’s full of hilarity on many levels.
Clearly, Todd Babiak and fam are having a great time, even if the French manners ain’t what they used to be.
Best of all, they still have five months to do Paris—public pee and all. Enjoy!