Naps and missed flights in Paris

Another travel story from one of my Korean university students:

I spent 6 months in Stockholm as an exchange student. My first trip outside of Sweden was to Paris.

I bought the cheapest ticket I could. It was a low cost carrier that departed from a small city nearby, Nykoping, at 6:30 am. I only had to be at the airport an hour early, but getting there was a problem. I took the last train to the central bus station at midnight. There actually was a night bus I could have taken, but I didn’t know it at the time.

The bus stationw as closed from midnight to 4:00 am so I spent 3 hours in McDonalds. It was winter and freezing, even inside McDonalds. And there were lots of drunk people there. I sat by myself for three hours reading my guide book.

I did get to paris, though, at 8:30 am. I walked a lot, mostly to save money. But then I enjoyed walking around Paris so much that I woke up at 6:00 am the next day and wandered around until midnight.

The next day I did the same, except for an unplanned nap. I was in Notre Dame. I was praying and listening to a grand song and then I woke up 20 minutes alter. I was shocked that I fell asleep in church. I must have been really tired.

My last night in Paris, I hung out with some other travelers in the hostel and had a beer. It was really interesting to chat with the other travelers there.

My last morning in paris I overslept and missed my flight. It seemed like the end of the world and I was practically crying. But soon I realized it was just a flight to Stockholm and not all the way back to Korea. Only two hours away. I calmed down and bought a ticket for 2 days later so i had more time in Paris.

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  1. James Trotta says:

    I thought this story was funny because my wife and I actually did miss a flight all the way back to Korea when we were in Paris.

    Great city, horrible airport.

    Of course I wasn’t close to tears. I was stressed out but I was also happy that I had something I could use against my wife in the future since she made us miss the flight just like I predicted. The joy of being right I guess.

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