Travel and Updates

26 01 2009

I’ve arrived safely in Paris and have mostly been sleeping more than I care to admit, and just generally trying to get myself settled in. Flight

Overall my flight was alright. In my mad dash to make my ride, I’d packed my earphones in my suitcase, so no movie for me! (Which ended up being no big deal, since Nights in Rodante looked like the cheesiest movie ever made!). Though I actually had a remotely friendly neighbour, who actually acknowledged my presence with a few small-talk questions as we settled in for the 6-hour flight to London. I fly quite a bit and with most people, I barely even get a hello, much less a smile. (Um hello?! We’re going to be sitting next to each other for the next 8 hours, would it kill you to even make eye-contact?! I don’t need a new BFF, but come on people?!)

However, after the sheer hell that was my check-in, and especially after the demise of Zoom, I think this signals the end of my love affair with charter airlines. Luckily I had gotten to the airport 4 hours early, because I spent nearly the entire time packing and repacking my bags trying to get the contents of my life to fit in with the stingy and very strict 20 kg weight allotment that the check-in Nazi’s were not being even the slightest bit flexible about. They even weighed my carry-on bag and made me take out items because I was 3 kilos over! WTF?! I ended up leaving half of what I intended to bring in luggage storage at the airport…but I can’t be too mad, now I have an excuse to re-stock my wardrobe…in Paris!! 🙂

So lesson learned for me with trying to cut corners and save some desperately needed money (with the strength of the Euro, the Canadian dollars has almost as much value as Monopoly money), but sorry Air Transat, this is the last time I’ll take one of your flights. That experience was so draining and stressful, that as I soon as I got on the flight, I fell fast asleep only to be woken up for dinner.

The next leg of my journey was actually way more exciting than I initially thought it would be. The word of this trip was economize (or no budget!!)…so as I landed into London already fatigued with jet-lag, I wasn’t looking forward to the bus ride to Paris. In the end it didn’t turn out to be so bad.

The bus (or coach as the Brits say) was way more comfortable and relaxing than the flight and I chilled out to the mellow sounds of Architecture in Helsinki and The Postal Service on the ride into Central London from Gatwick. And finally I noticed the supposedly British-influenced architecture of Royal York rd. in Toronto, in the English homes on the outskirts of the city.

The coach finally made it’s way into the city after a modicum of lateness due to an accident on the A 23. And while waiting in line for the bus check-in (yes you have to check-in for cross-country travel on the bus too!) I made a new French friend and happily discovered that the bus coach would be taking the ferry and not the chunnel…score! I highly recommend taking the coach to Paris if you want to get the feeling of adventure back into your travels and are sick of no-budget airlines, yet want to save money.

For a measly £12 coach ticket, I got to relax on a ferry and sat down to a nice dinner in the ferry restaurant as I watched the view of English channel on the horizon…highly recommended!

Other than that I’ve been surprisingly too busy and too tired to do much sightseeing. Though last Friday I went to a cozy little dinner party at a friend’s place where I met a very interesting and friendly group of expats and frenchies. After feeling stuck in a rut for so long in Toronto it’s nice to be feeling social again…and after all, I’m finally in Paris (I still can’t say it without smiling) after months of delays!!

And that’s pretty much what’s been going on with me, I have a few things cooking and in progress, but will be sure to update the blog once I have definite answers. In the meantime please do keep reading…I promise to update as soon as I have some exciting news or thoughts to share!

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