Published: May 10th 2012
May 10th 2012
Well if one thing is for sure, it's that time sure does fly. It looks like its been over three weeks since my last entry and man, the places I've been. When I last left you I was hanging around Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Such an incredible city, with some amazing people. If I chose to live and work somewhere in South East Asia, it may very well be there. From Phnom Pehn I flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I spent two days feasting on some incredible food, and being amazed by the amount of shopping malls that exist there. It seemed as though every corner you turned, you found yourself in yet another high end shopping mall that in my eyes, make the malls in America look small.
From KL I flew Malaysia Airlines to the land of grey skies and rain. Good ole London, England. For six days I braved the cold rainy weather that the city threw at me. Thanks to my previous employed I manged to treat myself right staying at The W London for two nights with some hotel points I had racked up. It was pretty enjoyable, walking into this chic hotel with my
backpack, rolled up jeans, and massive beard. I guess I could have passed as a hipster.
I did the classics in London. Walked around, checked out Big Ben, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, The London Eye, and of course had myself a nice Sunday Roast with some friends. I stayed with Merih, a friend from University, and her fiance. I also couchsurfed with an incredible host up in Kilburn who introduced me to her friends and took me out for a couple of pints. All and all it was an incredible time with some incredible people. I even managed to see a friend who had flown into London for the week for work. As I've told myself 100x already, go with your feelings, and everything will fall into place.
From London I hopped on the Eurostar to Paris and wow, what an incredible experience that was. London to Paris in just over two hours! My plan for Paris was simple, stay with a friend who I met in Argentina three years back, and just enjoy the magic of Paris. Samia picked me up at the train station and it was as if we never left each other. Just like
that we were back in the swing of things, joking around, laughing, and excited for the week. Sophie, her good friend who I met in Argentina as well surprised me at Samia's house. She had come down for the week to join in the mayhem.
Samia's apartment was just outside of the city in the town of Chelle. A really enjoyable suburb with a great atmosphere to it. She introduced me to her friends who all spoke English so well, and I even got to practice my French. "Ahhh, putain!!" It really shot down any stereotype I ever had of the French. The Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Montmarte, baguettes, escargot; we did everything. I was even in Paris to see the election of a new president. "Sarkozy, se fine!!!" J'adore Paris! I love Paris. It was tough to leave having seen so many amazing places and met so many incredible people. For sure, I will be back to France.
From Paris I hopped a flight on Vueling Airlines, a low cost carrier to come to Spain. I'm here in Madrid now and it has already surpassed my expectations. The weather is incredible and the people are great. I'm
staying in the center with the help again of Couchsurfing.org. For now, I'll be here for the week. I've got plans for football matches, bull fights, tapas, New Paltz reunions, and more. Tomorrow I head to Toledo for the day, and eventually to Granada, Sevilla, and then to Barcelona to meet up with friends. My plans for Spain are up in the air but one thing is for sure, I get to practice my Spanish.
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