European Vacation: Day One & Two

My partner and I flew into Zurich because it was so cheap and tried to hop on a train to Paris, only to find out they were all booked. Instead we had to hang around the mall-ish area of Zurich for a few hours and take a weird train with two stop overs (including a bus ride). We arrived in Paris around 11pm after two days of nearly non-stop travel. Here are the highlight so far:

1. I was hoping 17 Again would be the airplane movie, but alas, it was Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. Started watching it, stopped after 10 minutes b/c it was so bad, then resumed for the final 20 minutes. And I still cried a little bit at the ending. Screw you, Matthew McConnoghy!!
2. Think I heard the ultimate European remix of Kellis’ “Milkshake” on the bus, followed by Britney Spear’s “Circus”.
3. Nicest French girl ever helped us discover the the bus we were looking for actually required us to take a train to catch the bus. Too bad the train station employees couldnt tell us that…
4. Aforementioned girl who saved our vacation from ruins (named Milan) chatted us up for most of the hour long ride. She is studying Aikido in Tokyo and was super chill.
5. Milan told us Japanese people think French people either don’t speak English or pretend not to. She seemed to think this was a stupid stereotype.
6. Bottled water tastes weird.
7. Croissant and espresso for breakfast.
8. Japanese people are right – It seems as though Milan is one of the few French people who speak English.
9. Totally staying in gay town. Just saw two dudes holding hands down the street. Yes!!
10. At the Orsay, I tripped on a weird curb thing that I GUESS is supposed to prevent you from touching the paintings and broke my fall with a Cezanne. So freaking lucky it didn’t break and I didn’t get caught / kicked out.

More to come.

    • Michelle
    • August 21st, 2009

    Love it! You guys are missed!

    • Lisa
    • August 22nd, 2009

    OMG! The Japanese are right! When I was in France with my Dad there we totally caught a French guy pretending like he didn’t speak English just to be mean. However, the majority of people we met were really nice! Sounds like you guys are having a great time so far! Miss you!

    • the dabbler
    • August 22nd, 2009

    hilarious, dude! cezanne should be so lucky as to help break your fall!

    we miss you!!! give europe what-for!

    • Travis aka Lil’ Bro
    • August 22nd, 2009

    1. You seriously tripped into a painting and nothing happened?? Crazy!

    2. Yay for gay town.

    3. Luis told me that when he went to France everybody got really mad and was pretty rude if he tried to speak English. He said it was better if he spoke Spanish, but that some people were still really rude. One woman would only answer him in French even though she completely understood what he was saying.

  1. I lived in Italy for 3.5 years and traveled to Paris many times. Japanese people are totally right, although it’s more true in Paris that people will just pretend not to speak English although they actually do. People in the rest of France are less likely to speak English, but are more likely to be nice.

    Can’t BELIEVE you tripped in the Orsay, yikes! So glad you didn’t damage the painting or get kicked out!

    Have fun!! 🙂 Eat lots of bread products for me while you’re in France. 🙂 YUM.

    • ERF
    • September 1st, 2009

    I kinda love thinking about you tripping in to a fancy painting. Not because you may have gotten hurt, but because it’s pretty funny. Is that mean? Also, I’m so glad you’re having fun! High five Meghan for me, will you?

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