All posts by Mir Khalid Ali

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On to Geneva

After spending a day in Basel, I had seen everything there was to see in the small town.  So I decided to head to Geneva this afternoon.  Most of my group of backpackers had left already.  Before he left, Zane gave me his Swiss SIM card, which he didn't need anymore.  It still had 12 ...

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Next Stop: Basel

I awoke this morning to pouring rain.  It had been so clear and sunny until today, and then suddenly, the rain came pounding down.  I caught the 3:00pm train to Basel, Switzerland from Paris' Gare l'Est.  It was my first time using the Eurail Pass.  The pass, which I bought before I left New York, ...

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Gangsta’s Paradise

I left the apartment late yet again.  Maybe it's all the walking, but I feel exhausted at the end of the day and can't seem to wake myself before noon.  It's tragic, perhaps, to spend so much time asleep in Paris, but then again, I'm on break.  I need the rest. Although I've only had ...

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Around Paris

Today I had cheese baguette for breakfast.  Even with coffee the cost only came out to €5.  The cheese smelled funny though, and I'm not sure if I will be able to bring myself to eat it again. I visited the Louvre Museum today.  Shame on me, but I had forgotten that the Mona Lisa ...

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Blog Launched!

Dear Friends and Family, I hope this email finds you well and in the best of spirits. I'm currently in Paris, which really is as beautiful as I've heard. I was in England from July 13 through the 18th, which is when I came here. As promised, I've been working on setting up a blog, ...

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A Beautiful City

Paris is as beautiful as I've heard. The city is clean, its monuments are well-maintained, and there's a pervasive sense of authenticity. It doesn't feel artificial, like a tourist town does. It feels "lived in." My attempt to obtain a SIM card failed yet again. I've been trying since I arrived in London to get ...

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Bonjour, Paris!

I arrived in Paris late in the afternoon.  As I stepped into the station at Gare du Nord, my first reaction was awe.  There was something about the place, a certain je ne sais quoi*, that made me pause.  The hustle and bustle of the people, the sunlight streaming in from the high arched windows, ...