Now to catch the train...

Trip Start Feb 24, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of France  , Midi-Pyrénées,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We arrived in Tolouse, and I got my bag without any problems. From there I went outside to find the bus to take me to the train station. It wasn't immediately apparent where to go, but I found it eventually.

On the bus I met a couple of ladies from Australia who were there for a bike ride to the Mediterranean. It was going to take them 6 or 7 days following the canal. I thought that would be quite an adventure. In turn, they thought I was adventurous for renovating a house in France, lol.

We finally got to the train station; it seemed like it took forever. In fact, I got worried at one point that I might not make the 4:30 train. The first building I went into was the wrong one, it was the bus station. I did find out from the guy I talked to at the window how to pronounce Rouergue though. So it wasn't a total loss! (Rouergue = "whereg")

The train station was the next building over. It was almost 4:00 when I got to the ticketing area. The line was so long. I decided to take my chance with the automated ticket machine. It worked out perfectly, and I got my train ticket for 19 euros.

Then I had to wait for quite a while in front of the marquis to find out which platform my train would be on, me and a million other people. Tick tock, tick tock. I punched my ticket and finally the platform number came up. This little nun dressed in a grey habit looked at me and asked which way to go (in French, of course). Naturally, I had no idea. She went one way, and I went the other. Naturally, I went the wrong way. The nun and I met back up at the platform.

A train was there. But I wasn't at all sure that it was our train. In my past experiences with trains, they come up just before they are to leave. This train was already sitting there. The nun and I looked at our tickets. We were both supposed to get on the same train, although we were getting off in different cities. She headed onto the train, and I followed suit. As I boarded, I noticed the cities that the train was going to, and thankfully, VdR was listed.

I  found a seat and figured out which way the train would go by the direction of the sun--I hate going backwards. So I moved to the other side. The train ride went quickly and only took a little over an hour. I kept dozing off towards the know, where your head falls forward or into the window. Thankfully, I didn't miss my stop.
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