By | January 31, 2011

I landed on Paris on Saturday morning, went through immigration without saying a word, and then didn’t even have to go through customs.  What a difference from traveling within the U.S!

The Paris metro was really easy to figure out, so I jumped on the train, changed at a few stations, and ended up at my hostel.  The change in temperature from Mexico to Paris didn’t really hit me until I exited the metro.  The temperature here was hovering right around the freezing point.

I arrived too early to check in to the hostel, but they allowed me to drop off my luggage.  I wandered around a bit, and soon realized that the hostel is just around the corner from the Moulin Rouge.

After coming back to the hostel, I checked in and met my new hostel mates.  I ended up hanging out for the next few days with a few of them; Steve from Leeds, Murray from Perth, and Matt from Melbourne.  When I was living here in Europe while in college, I never made it to Paris, Amsterdam, or Berlin.  These are some of the key cities I wanted to see, which is why I’m spending some time in each while here for Rally Sweden.

I tried to get in all the key sights; the Louve museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, St. Germain, the Seine River, the Pére Lachaise cemetary, Notre Dame, and many others in between, such as a vertical Citroen dealership.

Tonight I’m off to Amsterdam on the overnight bus.  I’ll arrive at 6:30, drop my luggage off at the hostel, and then wander around the city.