As I sit here writing this post, I’m watching the pristine white countryside fly by my train. I’m on my way to Nancy after spending around 6 days in Paris… Bitter, cold Paris. And I regret to say the Parisians weren’t much better! Ok that’s a bit harsh. I did meet a few nice Parisians, but most of them weren’t raised in Paris ;)
In Paris I had my fist experience with Couch Surfing. I stayed with a lovely young French couple in the office of their cute, creaky little 3 story town house in the town next to Paris called Malakoff. I spent my days navigating the Metro system and meandering through Paris seeing some of her many sites (aka: making my way from one café to the next- past the Eiffel Tower). I also spent a fair chunk of a day wandering through the Christmas markets on the Champs-Elysees (aka: making my way from one vin chaud stall to the next whilst looking at L'Arc de Triomphe).
While I was there I received an email from my future employers in Switzerland- (Patisserie Christian Bolliat) who informed me that due to unforseen circumstances, they were cancelling my trainee work contract. Which came after they received an email from the Office of Federal Migration in Switzerland stating, among a few other things, that my salary would need to be increased… by 4 times. So I can understand why they have cancelled our contract, though it doesn’t make it any less annoying considering I now do not have a job, and consequently, no visa… Dang.
But hey, I'm in Europe... It could be worse!