Today was a brutal morning. I could have slept for ever. Yes, I know I am in France -get the hell out of bed and wander this beautiful city. So I finally did and was priviledged to partake in yet another delicious French breakfast. What was to be a modest group traveling by Metro to the Louvre grew into a larger group and one in which waiting was involved. This irritated me a tad but I made my blanket statement of once I'm at the Louvre I am saying "Au revoir, time for Dana to wander this massive museum alone, see you at three to catch our train to Brussels", and I felt better. Once at the museum, it became clear a fellow classmate had not heard my "Dana does museums alone" speech. I mustered up the courage to ask if he would be ok if we were seperated in the museum. If not, we could wait for other friends with whom he can tour the Louvre. To which he replied, "Well, I really don't have anything in particular I want to see so I will just follow you. Unless, you don't want me to come with you." Crap, he obviously doesn't speak passive-aggressive. This was a moment in which I had to decide to lie and tell him it was ok to come with me and ultimately treat him horribly and resent him for the rest of the trip and probably try cursing his lineage for years to come or be nice and kindly tell him I actually did not want him to join me. Hard as it was, I played grown up and chose the latter. I explained a little and tried to exaggerate it wasn't him, it was anyone. This is the truth. I do museums alone- unless you're my 10 year old and even then, I often find myself wishing to ditch him somewhere in the medieval section. We waited for the others and I was finally, allowed to wander aimlessly and unattached. Awesome. I was overwhelmed by the greatness of the Louvre, the history of the aft, the buildings, the collaboration of humans to bring it all under one roof. I was overwhelmed by the amount of humans under one spectacular roof at a single moment in time, all of us desiring to be near this greatness. I was able to navigate and enjoy this experience completely alone, surrounded by thousands.I loved every single minute.