Cysts and Highway Prayers
Trip Start May 19, 2011
27Trip End Dec 21, 2011
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Sunday we relaxed most of the day. In the evening Alice and Florian came home and we made them dinner. We had forgotten to go shopping earlier in the day so we ended up having to go to a corner shop to get some extra food. Guillaume and I still aren't adjusted yet to the fact that everything close at 6 or 7 in the evening here and nothing is open on Sundays. It's just the strangest thing. Dinner was nice, but we were all tired so we took off shortly after eating. That night we headed back to Pierrefitte to stay at Guillaume's father's house.
Monday morning we got up early because Guillaume had to be at the hospital to get the cysts on his head removed. The hospital was a bit of a crack up because no one really knew where we were supposed to go. First we were set to the receptionist desk who sent us upstairs to surgery, then surgery sent us down stairs to admissions, who said they can't help us until after the procedure, so we went back to reception who sent us to the office of the doctor who was supposed to be doing the procedure. After sitting outside of his office waiting for about 20 minutes Guillaume asked again if we were in the right place and the receptionist told us we were. Finally the doctor arrived and took Guillaume back. It took only about 15 minutes for the doctor to remove three cysts and stitch Guillaume up. When Guillaume came back to the waiting area I could tell something was wrong. Once we made it out he told me that the local anesthesia had worn off on the last cyst and he felt everything when the doctor began cutting into his skin
Tuesday was another slow day until the evening. With Guillaume's head hurting we spent most of the day relaxing. That evening we met with Alice, Florian and another friend Anthony in downtown Paris in the Marais area (aka Gay Area, which everyone had to tell me more than once) for Fête de la Musique. Fête de la Musique is a yearly celebration on June 21 (solstice) that takes over France. Every city has music playing all night long. In Paris the music is organized by neighborhood. One will have classical, another will have rock, etc... We first came upon a classic drum line which was very cool. Then we found a Caribbean drum group, and was passed by an african drum parade. We also found a few rock bands, and a few horn bands. Hearing all the music and enjoying my time with Guillaume really lightened my heart. We had a good night but headed home early-ish because it started to rain and I was tired.
Wednesday was another down day. Guillaume went to the library to work while I stayed home and relaxed.
Thursday we decided we needed to go out and explore so we went to Paris. We intended to climb the Effiel Tower in the morning, but it turned out to be school group day and the place was packed with kids. Deciding we would come back another day, we took off towards the Trocadéro and got some nice pictures of the Eiffel Tower. Then we headed to the banks of the Seine and decided to take a boat tour. It was nice to have a little hour sitting together and taking in the sights. Unfortunately it was quite cold, but we did it anyways. After our little fun in Paris we had to head back, because Guillaume had a doctor's appointment. We had lunch at a little place by the office, which was good, and then met with his doctor (who is a really nice guy). After that we went back home and that evening left for Guillaume’s uncle's house, where we are now (see Saga of the Cars Part 2).
Friday was another relaxing day. Guillaume was supposed to meet with his advisor, but seeing how crazy Thursday had been with the car we postponed until Monday. We went back to Guillaume’s Dad’s house to get some more of our stuff, but mostly just hung out.
Saga of the Cars Part 2:
Thursday night we left in a bit of a hurry to get to Guillaume’s uncle’s place