Category: Europe

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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 ...

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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, ...