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Bonjour, France!

white rabbit
We are on a train! I love trains. They're so civilized.

Yesterday we wandered the parks and shopping districts of Stuttgart, riding the U-bahn (which had some lovely views, as it is often not very U) and sitting outside of cafés eating and drinking things, sometimes managing in German and other times failing utterly. :) We passed a teenager fighting with her boyfriend in the station, showering us with a small flurry of popcorn down the escalator when she hit him. As one does. I took many photos of pretty and scenic things. As one does.

We haven't figured out quite what it is about Fishy, but somehow people can just tell he's American before he opens his mouth. It's not that I didn't believe him when he told me this, but I hadn't expected quite such a dramatic demonstration of it. We were sitting outside a big cafe full of people, when a couple passed, clearly tourists hauling suitcases. The woman suddenly stopped, turned back, and marched straight up to our table. "Excuse me! Do you speak English?" When we said we did, she asked us directions to the train station. This is a thing Fishy has gotten all the time I've known him-- some combination of non-threatening and knowledgable in his appearance makes people stop him to ask directions all the time, even in cities he's just visiting. The knowing he's American part is new, though.

After a much longer nap than I intended, we went for a late dinner at a Thai place Fishy had been to before, which fed me delicious veggie tempura at an outside table on a lovely night.

Odd occurrence there-- the restaurant owner (it sounded from the way she greeted us that she was, anyway) was sitting outside at the next table, chatting and laughing with friends in what I assumed to be Thai. A man walked by and yelled mockingly, "Nihau! Konichiwa! Nihau! (pause) Nihau?" (The last one in a "get it?" Sort of tone.) It was an ugly thing, although the owner and friends didn't react or even look at him. He said nothing else that I heard, so I have no idea if he was German or American or what. (It was a relatively touristy area and there is an American military presence there too from what I understand, so he might have been from anywhere.)

Aside from that, everything was lovely, and we went and found some ice cream afterward. Then back to our hotel where we both had trouble getting to sleep. This morning was tasty hotel breakfast and TEA and discovering I got slightly sunburned yesterday and trekking to the train station.

And now we're on the bullet train to Paris! I finally had a pretzel, although it was a train station pretzel so it wasn't the best. But WHO CARES I'M ON A TRAIN. Soon I will be the one who has to do all the talking instead of Fishy (whose German is better and who knew where the hell everything was. I still don't know where the hell anything is but my French is better.)

Zoom! :)

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( what 10 dormice said — feed your head )
Jul. 2nd, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
Maglev trains are the best trains. I had pictures of me with a shinkansen once. Zoooooom!
Jul. 2nd, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
Enjoy Paris! We only got to see the airport when we were passing through on our way back from Cape Town. Also, do you know about the Paris gold ring scam?
Jul. 2nd, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
I was there last year and the primary scam I saw was the one where people approach you with phony paperwork to sign, claiming to be from some kind of organization that does good works. If you try to sign the papers, the will start mobbing you and try to pick your pockets or purse.

It's a great trick because it plays on your sense of already having been unfair by refusing to sign a human rights petition, which puts you on the defensive, but it is sadly, a scam.
Jul. 2nd, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC)
I forgot to say, have a wonderful time! Make sure to get gelato in one of the places where they will make it into a flower when you get more than one flavor (most of the places in Paris will do this if you get a cone).
Jul. 2nd, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
Paris is good, although I must admit I tend to visit it for a few hours at a time arriving at one station then heading out from another.
Jul. 2nd, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
My favorite thing in Paris (I lived there the entire month of September 1978) is the Musee Rodin. That and shopping. In 1978 there was no internet, and I bought jazz records I couldn't get in the states.
Jul. 2nd, 2013 04:54 pm (UTC)
Mad Scientists know everything. :-D And Fishy is clearly a relatively mild-mannered Mad Scientist, and unlikely to haul out a laser gun or freeze ray if someone accosts him asking directions.
Jul. 3rd, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)
I'll be in Paris on the 12th! :)I'm glad you're having a good time!
Jul. 3rd, 2013 09:29 am (UTC)
"some combination of non-threatening and knowledgable in his appearance"

I can totally see that!! He looks so kind and so smart. And he is! So, wow!
Jul. 3rd, 2013 08:49 pm (UTC)
( what 10 dormice said — feed your head )


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