Viva la Austausch

June 22nd – 24th, 2018

As my first year outside the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” comes to a close I have learned astonishing things about the world and the person who consciously occupies himself in it.

This beginning of this story provides an amendment to lesson #11:

Whenever you try something new it’s going to suck but if you stick with it you will find a way to figure things out

After consulting with an old friend, survivor of thermo and brother in Christ for a few weeks about plans I finally made the decision to risk traveling to France on a Friday evening during a “planned” strike. Well if you aren’t predicting what happened already you are in store for a BIG surprise…

I STILL MADE IT TO COMPIEGNE…ON THE SAME EVENING!

How is this possible you ask? Luck might have played some role but I owe it all to a friendly smile and an appreciation for others.

A few hours after I had arrived in Paris after the Deutsche Bahn “cleared” the tracks on the border I had almost left my worries behind with the disbanded strikers…

If one thing is for sure it is that the labor party in France sure knows how to put up a fight. Well to make a long story short I soon found myself eating chicken wings (I know I “cheated”) with a woman from Sierra Leone and then stuffed in the back seat in a car full of people I couldn’t understand. Nevertheless being outside my “element” proved to be very refreshing trying out my long forgotten French but thankfully I arrived in Compiegne safely to greet a familiar face. This time we got to take in the magnificent riches left behind that perhaps eventually even lead to my problem in the first place…

From college hoping back in the states to a transnational visit to seek out impressions from another experience abroad this exchange has far been one of my favorites this whole trip! Thank you for the wonderful conversations and warm hospitality Josiah!

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Breakfast anyone? 

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Home of Napoleon III

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The Power of Greed 

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Simple Virtues

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Some remnants of France’s dissidence 

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Home Sweet Home

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A stroll through the neighborhood

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Mach mal Pause: French Style 

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The International Engineers meet Paris

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Next Stop: Touristmodus 

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Do you speak English? No I can’t even see, Merci 

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Who I am kidding, we’re still in Kansas Dorothy 

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The Louvre: Home to THREE naked floors of history 

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Kidding around with France’s stolen riches 

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Me: Can I get my order supersized? The Louvre: …

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Hide yo kids Hide yo wife 

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But first let me take a Selfie 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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