I lied about that unlimited free internet at the Apple Store; it turns out they kick you out after about half an hour of you using the demo computers and clearly not planning to buy anything. But I can come back again and again for more half-hours.
So, anyhow, here I am in Paris, and after seeing a few, I can say with a fair degree of confidence that this must be the most beautiful city in the world. I guess that’s why it’s so famous. I’ve serendipitously showed up on the day before the first Sunday of the month, which is the day when all of the following are free: the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, tours of Notre Dame, and a bunch of other things that I won’t have time to see. And in the evening, I’m meeting Flavia, a Californian girl I met in Rome and who studies in Salamanca and jets to a new European city each weekend to try and see as many as she can before graduating. Don’t get too many ideas, though; it’ll probably just be a friends-for-the-weekend thing. After a day tomorrow of running around like a cat in a hamster shop, I’ll have a couple more days to see other stuff that I didn’t have time for already, like the catacombs and other cool stuff.
That’s it for now, but like I said, be expecting more blogs once I get to England. Oh, also: there have been calls for me to put up a Christmas list. I don’t know what to do exactly now that there are kind of two separate branches of my family without much communication and no one will know what the others are getting… maybe I’ll leave it up to you to exchange email addresses and tell each other? or maybe I’ll get used to the possibility of getting two identical gifts? or if you ask me to, I can split up the list into two parts, one per half of the family? Anyhow, here are my only material desires I can think of:
- A camera that isn’t terrible (my current one is, owing largely to a chipped lens and a refusal to ever believe that it has sufficient battery… the kind you can charge at an outlet would be good, because I don’t like how I have to buy AA’s for this one)
- Some kind of hat that could keep rain off my head, and maybe even keep my head warm: I don’t really know what kind of hat this would be, but one must exist
- A sort of smallish satchel that I could carry around if I didn’t want to carry my whole backpack – something durable, and big enough for maybe a book or two and a bottle of water and/or a little food, but not much bigger, so if I needed to I could hold it in my hands and sprint flat-out. This would replace my strategy of carrying stuff around in my cargo pockets, which makes it hard to run or jog or even hustle, much less bustle.
- Books that I would like… but I’m hesitant to name any because, actually, I plan to hit the library pretty hard while I’m in town, so that no one including me would need to buy books for me, and so I won’t be too weighed down by a collection of them. But one that I’m almost sure I’ll want to own is Unlearn, Rewild.
If I think of anything else, I’ll put it in a comment. I ought to be around!