All posts by Mir Khalid Ali

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Escape from Marseille

Today is my last day in Marseille.  I can't say I will miss it.  I'm taking the overnight train tonight, which departs at 12:30am.  I should arrive in Barcelona early morning tomorrow. I had an extremely expensive breakfast this morning.  Not knowing the language really is a problem.  I ended up getting a fancy salad ...

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Next Up: Barcelona

Dear Friends and Family, The last time I emailed you I was in Paris. Since then I've been through Basel and Geneva in Switzerland and am now in Marseille, France. I ended up skipping Belgium. Marseille has been "interesting" - I will update you via my blog hopefully within the next few days. For now, ...

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A Tough City

I avoided Rebecca the rest of the evening yesterday.  There turned out to be no reggae concert and so a group of us just checked out some clubs.  Katy left this morning, and I headed into town around midday.  I booked a night train to Barcelona for tomorrow night.  I've had enough of this place ...

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A Strange Cast of Characters

A white-haired man wearing an unbuttoned, Hawaiian shirt and fitted white pants greeted me at the door of La Cigla et la Fourmi and told me to walk upstairs where Jen would help me.  It turned out that he meant Jean, but I heard Jen and went looking for a person that would be a ...

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Marseille

I awoke this morning, bid farewell to Ali and the Finnish boys, and headed to the station to catch my train to Marseille, France.  I didn't know what to expect in Marseille.  I had heard that the Mediterranean Coast of France is beautiful, but Marseille has a reputation for being gritty and tough.  When I ...

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Last Day in Geneva

I didn't have any place to stay tonight.  I tried extending my booking at the International Youth Hostel, but the receptionist was firm in his response: No rooms. It wasn't so much the sleeping I was worried about (although that, too, was an issue) but more so about my luggage.  I would have to pack ...

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Man’s Noble Aspirations

I met Ali this morning.  He's a young surgeon in Goth, Germany and is spending a week in Geneva on vacation.  Originally from Yemen, he understands English well, but I often have to repeat myself several times, each time slower than before.  It can be frustrating, but I realize that my American English can be ...