Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Welcome to France

I didn't fall off the face of the Earth, but I did get stung by a wasp, lose my voice for 4 days and really hurt a finger. It's all wonderful though! LOL! We ended Madrid with a blast by doing a la movida--bar hop. 8 of us--the guys and 4 friends from the program--roamed downtown Madrid with throngs of Madrilenos just out. It was wild. We even saw a fight. A woman got bumped by this dude and clipped by a car. She and her friend went after dude and fought him even popping him with a pipe. KLONK! All ages just going from place to place enjoying themselves drinking drinks, eating bocadillo sandwiches, drinking café, wonderful. Madrid is a city that is as much about the vibrancy of its people as it is the city itself. I love Madrid.

Paris however, has been nice, but a more frustrating experience. I'm writing this from an internet cafe on the Champs Elysees. There's a strike going on with the Metro, but we've been riding it anyway. Just delayed trains. We got to sit at the base of the Eiffel Tower eating crepes and drinking hot chocolate and voila, lol, it started sparkling all over. It was amazing. Nothing quite prepares you for the size and beauty of it. It really is spectacular. We also lucked up on the Arc de Triomphe just as a military honor ceremony took place and we were front row. The Arc's really impressive. Today we went to Notre Dame. Smaller than we thought, but pretty. Came THIS close to fighting a French dude when he almost hockspit on us after I ignored him, the A-hole. The people here are so much colder than the Spaniards and dang they like to stare all in your face. Headed over to the Louvre--on the only day it's closed. Ended up this great, popular place called Angelina's and had a baba au rhum with so much rum I was heady. Not to mention the best hot chocolate EVER.

Tomorrow...back to the Louvre and maybe over to Montmartre and Sacre Coeur.

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