Well we last left you at the exciting ...
Apr 15, 2002
May 22, 2003
Where I stayed
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Well we last left you at the exciting cliffhanger that we were looking for work and then heading to Paris. Well lets talk a bit about Paris then. Everyone said that hitchhiking in France was difficult and we thought that it was going to be really difficult and that we wouldn't make it anywhere. So we gave ourselves 24 hours to get from Villers-devant-Orval to Paris so we could get to the Charles Degaul airport by 9:30 in the morning. Well it turns out that we had no problem at all hitching into Paris, in fact we arrived 12 hours early. This really sucks because the airport doesn't have any comfy seating that you can sleep in. The security teams also have issues about people spending the night there when they don't have tickets. Anyway we met my dad and Jill and zoomed out of there taxi style to a hotel called Lord Byron. This hotel is alright but they charge about 3 times what Tamara and I thought they were worth. Luckily for us, we were not paying so it wasn't a huge concern as long as my dad and Jill were okay with it. So Paris, well we went and saw all the touristy things, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame, La Defense, Arc de Triumphe, some Tulip Garden which was mostly sand, more churches, 42,000 statues and fountains, and a really big statue of a thumb. So anyway we also got to experience a scam we hadn't run into before. Apparently everyone in Japan is dying to get there hands on some extremely overpriced fashion (crap) from Louis Vuitton. So the deal is that a nice lady comes up to you and gives you a spiel about how they have limits on how many items you can buy from the store. She then asks you to purchase two items for her and hands you a wad of cash. Turns out that the money is counterfeit and the people are buying tons of fashion (crap) to return to Japan with to sell for big profit. We got 600 euro to buy two little wallets. Why the hell does someone need a $300 wallet? I think that anyone that spends that sort of cash on a wallet should be beaten to death with a rank mackerel. Actually the next day I saw an old lady with a purse from that store but sadly I had left my mackerel at the hotel. Anyway we left the store and told the lady that they needed our passports to record info and we didn't have ours and blah blah blah. Later we realized that we should have just kept the counterfeit money and walked away happily. So lets talk about restaraunts and the French service sector. First of all I think all applications have this question on them (In French of course) Are you able to be a self centered pompous ass at all times? __ Yes __ No. I only say this because we had the absolute worst service we have ever experienced. This includes the staff in Disneyland Paris, the supposedly happiest place on Earth. The staff at Disneyland were angry and disgruntled like they had been beaten with mackerels or something. So basically Paris is very pretty, but don't ever try and get someone to do their job. However if you like waiting a long time and then not getting what you ordered (or your food at all) then Paris is the vacation spot you have been looking for. I would like to say that most French people are great, but I think that the automatic inclusion of the tip to your bill has killed all motivation for waiters and the like to provide good service. Oh, another thing, be sure that your subway ticket covers every zone you will get on or off of the subway at. We found this out at the Disneyland (Most pissed of workers in the World) metro station. If you get out at the wrong place the dirty bastards will give you a 20 euro fine. However if you wait five minutes they will leave and go sip a latte or something and you can just walk through the gate for free. The last day we were in Paris we wanted to see the Musee de Fragonard which has some great exhibits that a vetinarian (Fragonard) created by skinning animals, people, etc and preserving them and posing them. We walked around 10 km or so (passed the shanty towns of Paris) and finally found the museum to find that it was closed on Fridays, Damn. Well there was nothing left to do but to hitchhike to Germany. Now I said that hitchhiking in France worked well right? Let me change that to hitching into France was good, leaving is a completely different story. It took us three days to finally get into Germany, it was miserabley cold and one evening the warmest place we could find to sleep was a nice bathroom stall(surprisingly clean) at a rest area. We did however meet some really great hitchhiking women from Poland. Patricia and Margot were heading back to Poland for school from picking grapes in Switzerland. We sat around a gas station and drank Spanish wine, eating french bread and cheese. Anyway, last night we got into Garmisch and it is an amazingly beautiful place. Garmisch also has the highest peak in Deutschland, Zughspitz at just under 3000 meters. However it also has a mountain named Wank, I know that will amuse some of you out there. Well we will find out in the next couple days if we will get some work here or if we will have to keep searching. Till then, change your socks often and always know where your mackerel is.