à Paris.. :)

Trip Start Sep 18, 2009
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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, November 19, 2009

So last night I went out for one last (pretty early, in comparison) night in Budapest with Dirk.  We went out around 11pm or so to a jazz club, only the musicians had already finished.  Oh well!  We still hung around for a while, as Marc (Dirk's friend) had a beer.  We were back by around midnight or so.
Then I did some stuff online and then Dirk watched Southpark for a bit, untill 1 or 1.30am.  Then I finally went to sleep, which couldn't have come any sooner, as I then had to get up at about a quarter to 7 this morning.  I had a nice shower, got all of my stuff ready, and then Dirk helped me get to the train station and get my ticket to Budapest airport. 
It was all quite easy, and after asking a friendly Hungarian guy on the train, I got off at the right stop, checked in, and arrived at my gate with plenty of time.  Turns out the Budapest airport (or at least that terminal) is super small.  My flight left right on time, and arrived right on time at Orly airport (which I think is Paris' budget airport, compared to Charles de Gaule, the main one).
Just a quick sidenote, as I don't think I mentioned before - I'll try to add this in the more relevant Budapest later on...  The metro/buses in Budapest are about 300 HUF (Hungarian Furint) per ride (a bit over a euro / about 2 USD or so) and they definitely check a lot, from what I saw.  I always walked all over Budapest, so I didn't have that much of a problem, but yeah.
Anywho... I arrived in France, which was awesome, being able to understand the language once more.  It was super easy, since I guess, it being a inter-Schengen-zone flight, they didn't even check my passport or anything.  I just walked right into the baggage claim area, got my big backpack, and headed off to the Orlyval, the (about 10 euro) train/metro connection with Paris proper.  After about 45/60 minutes and 3 or so train/metro changes, I arrived the wrong metro stop.
Yeah, that's right... being the genius that I am (and a bit cocky with how easy everything was), I got off (because of a mistake of abbreviations) one stop too early.  Anyways, after about 10 or 15 minutes of confusion, a nice guy pointed this fact out to me, and I hopped on and off a stop.
Then I was a bit worried as I wasn't able to find Caroline (my host in Paris, who I met several months ago (through CS) in Lima), and I didn't have her phone number.  Luckily, I was able to find an internet cafe (1 euro for 0-15 minutes!! give me a break!!), got her address and number which she had sent to me after I had left Budapest, and quickly found her apartment, where I'm sitting now.
We had a nice conversation during the evening, and if the weather is as nice (no clouds today, wow...), I hope to be able to walk/bike (she has a bike she might be able to lend me) around Paris.. :)  I'll be here probably till next Wednesday or Thursday, when I leave to Lille.
So yeah, that's it for now... Nice long post, as I don't have internet on my laptop, so I'm just writing along, and then posting it once I get online.
Till next time.. :)
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