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Another Day, Another Adventure

Yesterday morning I zipped up my suitcase and headed to the train station. IMG_5261

I made it to Toulouse with plenty of time for my train to Paris.  While I was soaking up the sun and leaning up against a wall a man passed me and made some suggestive hand gestures.  I ignored him and made eye contact with a young gypsy woman pushing a stroller and we shared a laugh.

I ate my classy packed lunch - a canned tuna and bean salad - while leaning against my suitcase and avoiding a young man who  spoke ecstatically about my eyes while pacing and chain smoking around me.  When I walked away I passed the young gypsy woman again.  She stopped me and asked me if I could buy her a sandwich for lunch.  I apologized and she thanked me anyway.  I walked a few steps, thought about how graceful she was, pulled 10 euros from my purse and ran after her.  When I snuck her the bill her eyes widened, she grabbed me, kissed my cheek three times and thanked me profusely.  I took it as a good omen.

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The journey up to Paris went smoothly and I arrived at the Gare Montparnasse feeling like I'd come home.  To one of my favourite cities during my favourite season.

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I'm in Paris for just under two weeks.  I'm staying with my mom and her colleagues for the next few days, then taking care of a friends dog and apartment for another week before I leave for Berlin.

This is the best I've felt in a long time.

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For now, Paris.  More soon.

TravelGillian Young