Sunday, September 4, 2011

So Europe?

Arrived at Lyon two days ago and my first thought was "Wow, I'm really in Europe, but it doesn't feel like Europe". The long flight and and the many transits were okay, not really blown away by the experience though. Had a headache for half of the flight and was squeezed sitting in the middle at the back row and was fed too much food. Bleuh. But hey! I managed to arrive safely here.

I didn't think I would make the journey smoothly, but I surprisingly did. An Indonesian lady who has lived in France for 12 years showed me the way to the immigration at Schiphol Airport. I was accompanied by another Indonesian lady (well, I accompanied her) who was visiting her daughter during 1 hour while waiting for my next plane. Then before jetting off to Lyon, I was greeted by another Indonesian woman, whose friend was picking her up at the airport. The airport was really quiet and so calm. They both helped me to take Rhone Express and showed me the bus. I got on the wrong bus, and a French lady helped me out (in English!). And finally I saw CISL.

There was a time when I thought "What the heck am I doing here?!" and here I am two days later: a lot less homesick, made great new friends, went round Lyon's city centre, and eating leftover pasta from lunch. At this point I can't say that I'm loving it, but I'm sure one day I will. So Europe? OUI!

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