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Flag of Australia  , Victoria,
Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This is my first official travelpod from France. I am typing from an
altitude of 1850m, covered in snow. This trip is different to my others for
a number of reasons; it is the longest ( at 5 weeks), I am in a European
country and I am completely alone. I am staying Jessica, who stayed with me
in July, so there is one familiar face, but everything else is completely
foreign to me. I think that in a momentous trip like this some goals would
be appropriate;
1. That i will have the best time of my life,
2. that i will gain a greater understanding of the French language and
culture,
and 3. , and perhaps most importantly, to not return home with ski
goggle tan marks (known as the racoon line)as many people get the, after
just a few days skiing.
We arrived at the airport very early, so I was checked in very early. We
found ourselves strolling around the airport with nothing to do for a few
hours before I was due to return to the check-in desk to be escorted to my
flight. I was flying as an unaccompanied minor, to make my journey
easier.
It was a lot easier as I was escorted right through to my gate, which was a
few levels away and I don't think that I would've found it. Saying good-bye
to mum, dad, laura, hayley and elyse was harder than i expected, but i was
brave and didn't cry. The man at Australian emigration noted that I changed
my hair colour since my passport picture was taken; I think he said it more
as a statement, but I took it as a compliment.
The 7 hour flight to Singapore was okay, but my inflight entertainment
didn't work the whole way, which is an integral part of the flying
experience, in my opinion. I sat next to some other unaccompanied minors, 2
Malaysian girls who spoke Chinese. I spoke to them, but I think they were
intimidated because they didn't talk back. In Singapore airport, the air
hostess who looked after me remembered me from last year when I went to
Singapore for a few days after Mihiri and Om's wedding. Isn't that amazing?
It certainly made me feel special.
The flight to London was 13hours. the lady sitting next to me was nice; she
talked to me for awhile before we both fell asleep. This flight was long,
and I was so squirmish by the end. At London airport, I was taken again by
another flight attendant to get my boarding pass and take me to my gate. By
this time I felt like a gift that everyone keeps re-gifting as I had had
about 6 different air hostess looking after me at various times. The bus
from terminal 4 at Heathrow to terminal 5 took 18 mins by bus. That amazed
me. When we were picking up my ticket to go to Lyon, i wasn't written down
as an unaccompanied minor, so they sat me down somewhere and left. After a
few minutes, a lady came running towards me to say that i was UM and she
guided me to the UM lounge. I freshened up there before I was taken by
another coach onto the tarmac to board the plane. this flight was my
favourite as the plane was tiny and they upgraded me as much as one can be
in a tiny plane. Lyon was beautiful. Despite the airport being a work-in-
progress, it was covered in snow and looked amazing. I was greeted by a
smiling Jessica holding a French flag, with the words "welcome amy" written
on it. I felt special again. The drive back to Jessica's was almost 3
hours long, and we stopped for lunch. Jessica lives in a three_level

apartment building, with her parents owning all three apartments.
Nobody is
renting the middle one at the moment, so i am staying there. The view from
my window is unbelievable.I feel so tired now; I've been on the go for over
39 hours
Slideshow Report as Spam
Where I stayed
la Rosiere

Comments

joan34
joan34 on

arrived!
Hi Amy,
That's a great description of your adventure so far.
I'm glad to know you arrived well, and were greeted by a familiar face, after such a long trip.
All our love
Nana & Pa.

sammy8101
sammy8101 on

Well start
Hi Amy, so glad to hearing that you safely arriveled in France. Wish to see your photo with the snow!!! Have a good time there!

katemel
katemel on

The unwanted gift
Hi. That unwanted gift - being passed between person to person - I can guarentee you are wanted. I'm sure someone out there loves you and wants to hold you!!!! Sorry family - it's a 5 week wait. (I'm sure they are counting the days!!. Have a great time. Hope you have recovered from the flight reasonably quickly. Love Aunty Kate

reverendzed
reverendzed on

Great Start
Hi Amy....sounds like you are off to an awesome start to your journey and I bet you will have the time of your life....just don't forget to come back! I'll look forward to reading your updates and I'll be praying for you over the next 5 weeks...I don't know how to say seeya in french so.....I won't!

berwickgirls
berwickgirls on

Missing you lots
Hey Amy,

I miss u. It looks like you've had a great time even though u have only been there for a short period of time. Keep up the good travelpod. Good Luck!

Love Elyse

lisa88
lisa88 on

The Amy Tracker
Hi Amy! We're all excited to hear that you made it to France safely. You've heard of Santa Tracker, right? Well yesterday your dad was the Amy Tracker...we knew exactly where you were every second of your journey. Lol. Have a fantastic time! Can't wait til your next entry. Lisa M

jordyh
jordyh on

happy for you
heyy amz
sounds like you've had a pretty hectik couple of days.
glad to hear it's all been a pretty positive experience for you. can't wait to read your next blog.
have fun and speak to you when you get back!
love jordzz

amyfisher
amyfisher on

Re: arrived!
Thanks nan and pa!

amyfisher
amyfisher on

Re: The Amy Tracker
Hehe! That's so like dad!

jackschreurs
jackschreurs on

Happy travelling Amy
Hi Amy - Jackie Schreurs here. We have been reading about your adventures with great interest. Sounds like everything is going very well. Keep having lots of fun and we'll keep reading about it!
Lotsaluv Jackie x

lozzafisher
lozzafisher on

Hey
Thats nice that she made a sign like you did for her!

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