If thats the worst that happens....

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, July 6, 2009

June 6, 2009

As I round out my 2009 travels, I find myself in Edinburgh, Scotland, the only place on this trip I've visited before.  I always wanted to come back here (and at one point had plans to move to this city!) so its nice to be somewhere familiar on my last stop before home.  It wasn't without conflict that I got here though - and I suppose if the following is the worst that happens to me on my 3 month trip through Tanzanian ghettos, the hectic bazaars of Egypt, the Turkish badlands, the islands of Greece, the bustling metropolis of Paris and the gothic streets of Edinburgh, than so be it.

I got up with plenty of time to enjoy a final coffee and a croissant in Paris before heading to the metro in order to get to the airport.   I figured 3 hours before my flight departure time should be plenty, judging by the amount of time it took me to get into Paris when I arrived. Whoops!
Little did I know that not only were the trains running to the airport on strike that day, there was also a Japanese Animation Exposition being held in the city as well - Yipee!  So get this, I've got a 17 kg pack on my back, a 9 kg day pack strapped to the front of me, and like the girly girl that I am (yack!) I am also carrying a purse - for easy access to my wallet, passport and boarding passes etc.  I am red in the face, hot and sweaty after riding three metro trains to the main train station that will take me to the airport, I've just climbed up an insane amount of stairs to get to the proper platform (which I only found out about through my broken understanding of french over a loudspeaker) and I am literally exhausted.  I look around me and low and behold, I am surrounded by what seems like 1000's of Parisians (and other tourists) dressed like Japanese cartoon characters.  Needless to say, the slow running trains and the excess amount of people made it hard to hear anything or figure out where I had to be.  There were two trains at the platform, one sitting on either side and they kept announcing which train was going where over the loud speaker, in french.  They must have kept re-routing trains because they kept switching which train was going to the airport (and conincidently the expo park where the Japanese Animation Convention was taking place).  So more than a few times all of us that were crowded on one train had to hop off and fight for a spot on the opposite train.  It was like a bad dream that kept re-playing over and over again in my head.  All the while, I am getting lost in the crowd and trampled by these crazy Japanese Animation fans dressed like cotton candy on steriods.

In the end I couldn't get on the first train - it was too ram-packed with Japanese crazies so I packed myself into the second one, sitting beside a 200 lb man dressed like a ballerina/teddy bear/vampire creature and in the end I was too late to catch my flight.

Lucky enough though I hopped the next flight to Glasgow and took a city bus into Edinburgh that same day.  It cost me an extra $100 but I guess if thats the worst that has happened to me, its alright.  I am thanking the travel Gods for that. 

I find myself here in Edinburgh until July 9th and although its a little rainy (to be expected) and I find myself wandering around to sights I've seen before (also to be expected) I am enjoying this time of leisure before heading back to the promised land (Canada).

I wish I could post pics but my camera says its carrying a virus (probably picked up from some internet cafe somewhere).  I still have all my pics but will be backing them up this afternoon.  Hopefully I can get the virus thing figured out and post some pics from Santorini, Paris and Edinburgh but if not, text will have to suffice.

Missing home but enjoying my last week abroad.


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