Ok this is the real deal. some of these internet shops have different security measures on thier machines spent an hour writing yesterday and when i hit send for some reason it didnt go through.
So Paris France. We always hear about how beautiful and great the city is....PARIS SUCKS. The city is so damn hot, overcrowded with natives and tourist alike... oh yeah its not just hot its humid. Humidity blows.
When I arrived in the Paris train station I had no hostel, no map and no plan. I figured I could wing it and figure things out no problem, boy was I wrong. Stepping off the train I took one good long look around and I knew that I was in trouble. For the first time I did not understand any words on any of the signs no spanish or english here. There were thousands of people walking around and they all had a purpose in thier walk. They knew exactly where they were going and how to get there. So I stood around for about 5 minutes just trying to figure out what to do. Just standing in one position I was sweating it up, no airconditioning plus so many damn people it was not a good situation.
As I stood there I saw a mob of people moving off in one direction. A good rule of thumb when lost just follow any big group and see where it takes you. So I did, and I ended up in the metro station. At the metro I spotted some fellow backpackers a couple. Another good rule of thumb: When backpacking and lost or confused always look for a fellow backpacker cause many times they are in the same boat or have been and are willing to help. So I made my way over to the and tapped her on the shoulder, my only intention was to ask if they knew where a hostel was but I was sort of in a panic and desperate because I was so lost. What came out of my mouth was such nonsense and babble I gave the both of them my entire backstory, family history including abuse, and some how some way I sort of came off as trying to go with them to thier place I didnt mean to though...like i said i was hot, confused, lost, desperate and I tried to explain my exact situation to them and because of all those factors my mouth just started spurting random crap out. Yeah. The girl got scared and as she was backing away she said they were staying with friends. The guy actually gave me a metro station to search around so that was cool.
I looked around for a hostel for a good 1-2 hours walking up and down the streets of Paris. It sucked. I asked so many people for help and every time I was directed in a different direction, Im not saying this was intentional but after a while it was getting ridiculous. Finally with the help of my guidebook I had a clear target destination. The Blue planet hostel. It took me about 40 minutes to find this sucker. but in so doing I came across two swiss girls that were looking for the same place. The swiss chicks spoke english, french and german and they ended up being really nice. So as a group we found the hostel, once there I sheepishly asked them what they were going to go look at first. I didnt want to be alone in Paris. They knew what I was really asking and invited me to join them...SCORE. So I hung out with these two girls Anita, Catharine going to the different sites, talking just having a good time.
Every tourist site in the city is crammed with people. It is kind of worthless going to the Louve to look at the Mona Lisa when there is like half the planet doing the same thing. Of course the Louve is jampacked with sweaty, smelly, stinking tourist of every shape, color and nationality and no surprise there is no airconditioning. I would have liked to stay in the Museum for a longer period of time but when you have a fat Italian guy breathing on top of your neck, a boatload of Japanese tourist butting in front of you to see the Mona Lisa it just doesnt fit my idea of a good time. Besides I saw the Mona Lisa with my own eyes I fail to see what the big deal is. She is not even hot. The museum is nice though, Im reading over this stuff and I see that I sound so cynical. oh well.
AIRCONDITIONING: What the hell is the deal with people in Europe not using some AC. some of the people I have talked to say that AC makes people sick...Whaaaaaaaa. The trains get so humid that the windows get full of precipitation and people are just sleeping and talking like its no big deal. I just dont get it. AC is the one thing I miss the most about home sorry mom.
HOSTELS: Every hostel I have stayed at so far has sucked. Every hostel has its own stupid gay rules that dont make any sense whatsoever for instance the blue Planet in Paris had the following rules: Lockout from 11am to 3pm. meaning no one can be in thier room at this time. Shady. No food or alcohol in rooms. Stupid. No guest. Overbearing. Towel rental, Sheet rental. Cheap. Computer use- 1 hour for 6 euros. Flat out . One key for 5 or 6 people. Asinine.
On top of all that all the workers in these places are hating life. They dont smile, they speak down to the guest, they try to get brave and they are just some unpleasant a?? holes that hate tourist and thier stupid questions.
CUSTOMER SERVICE: Dude, We have it so good in the states in this regard it is unbelievable. I am so grateful for customer service even if the smile is fake I dont care. In France especially, the customer service just flat out sucks. Waiters are so damn slow just to get a drink or a refill. No one ask how the food is or if anything else is needed. Back home a waiter or waitress will be by the table several times throughout a meal to make sure everything is going well. Over here once you get your food the servers just disappear. When I was in Carcassone I was talking to an Irishmen that was working in a French restuarant. He told me the french have a name for tourist that translates into Sheep. According to this guy they really do hate tourist and once they got the money they can care less about the customer.
Ok that was my rant. Now back to Paris. hmmm I ate some Mexican food with the Swiss girls. The food sucked. It was funny though I was talking to Anita and I looked over to Catharine to ask her a question and she was digging for dinosaurs, man did she get red. These two girls were asking me the funniest questions about the states. They would ask stuff like "Is it true that if anyone steps on your property you can just shoot and kill them and nothing happens", or "is it true that if you look at people the wrong way they will pull out a gun and kill you". I always thought Americans were supposed to be the ignorant ones.
Oh yeah these girls are backpackers. They did not change thier clothes for two days. I at least change my shirts, maybe in a couple of weeks I will be on thier level well see.
Finally I left PARIS and was so happy to do so. Next stop Normandy.