November 13th, 2004


the return

What a long day that was! We started at 8AM Paris time, and I finished around 11PM Boston time -- and I was the one with the shortest day! The travel portion was fine other than the last leg, which kept getting delayed, then boarded, then further delayed. Nothing frustrates me more, in air travel, than delays when I'm stuck on the plane. And when it's the last leg of the return trip, it can be even more so. Ugh.

But I finally made it to Boston, where eveandodd, miss_chance, and totient met me at the airport and my suitcase came through, and there was *delighted gasp* snow! So it ended well.

The trip itself was really fabulous. I look forward to returning to France when I speak more French, but even so, enough people there speak English that I did okay. We had delicious ice cream, yummy crêpes, mouth-wateringly good duck, foie gras, pate, bread, cheese, caviar and other delicacies... yes, a lot of this trip revolved around food. And it was Good.

I also enjoyed the Eiffel Tower, a long, wet wander around Paris, a concert of 12th century sacred music in Notre Dame (mmmm. Gregorian chants and reverb!), the Pantheon, Shakespeare's Books, the Chantilly Castle, and... lots of other stuff.

Needless to say, there's loads of stuff I didn't get to that I'd like to, so... I guess I'll just have to go back. Oh, the horror. :) The timing was incredibly good; I managed not to think much about Stuff back here, so it was a true vacation, in that sense. Huzzah.

It's very nice to be home. The trip was in excellent; I can't thank kcatalyst and trom enough for inviting me to join them in their family celebration and trip. It was really fun to get to spend real time with darthsunshine . And, of course, this is just further confirmation that my addiction to travel isn't going to go away :)

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Poll #384143 Decisions, decisions

You have something that you want or need to do. Do you...

find the fastest solution and make it happen. It may not be perfect, but it'll be done.
look for a nice solution but also one that you can implement fairly quickly. You want it to be good, but you don't want to wait forever for perfection.
wait until you have the perfect solution. It's not worth doing anything halfway, and if I have to wait a while before being able to do it exactly right, so be it.