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Trip Report Paris-Immersion School in the Dordogne-Languedoc-Aix & Lessons Learned

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Another Fabulous France Adventure

France is a long way from Hawaii, this I know.

What I did not know as I started out on my next adventure was how far away it would seem.

I suppose in my mind the adventure starts when the planning starts, long before I leave home. That is when I set my expectations. My attitude is brilliant, I am ready to take in the wonders of what I am about to experience-I am in the excitement of the grand adventure.

But truth be told, I had to fight with myself at times to keep my attitude in check during this trip-to be a world traveler that encounters the challenging side of travel and still keep that wonders of the world attitude.
... And then Immersion school, which was a whole different kind of challenge.

We, J from my French class in Hawaii, S, another French student from another class who I only met in person twice and in the back & forth of emails in the planning of this trip, set off to go to the Dordogne to an immersion school for a week. Because we have such a long way to go we decided to stop in Paris, with the thought of getting over jet lag so that we could be bright eyed and ready for school, then we would rent a car and travel to Cather country. After 4 days in Carcassonne we would split up and I would continue to Aix en Provence.

I have written a couple trip reports on this forum and have never written about the journey to get there, as the getting there has been long, but uneventful.

But this time it was different. This time I had some lessons to learn, some dues to pay.

First night was actually pretty good. We left on an overnight flight from our small home town airport. Being a small town there were a few people on the plane that I knew that were going to Germany and my seat mate turned out to be a neighbor that I had never met and she was going to Spain. She also knew the people going to Germany. It became a mini send off party within our 2 rows of seats- with everyone excited to start their adventures.

Waking up in Los Angeles, I regroup with J and S and we head to the nearest Starbucks; it is 5:30 AM LA time, but 2:30 AM body time.

While leisurely sipping our wake up in a cup, luckily we did just that and realized J is on another flight to Chicago which leaves an hour earlier then S and my flight to Chicago. Problem avoided for J, and 1st travel lesson of this trip - always check your itinerary in detail…don’t just assume since you are going to the same place as your friends traveling the same route you are on the same plane!

Next lesson coming up, when multiple planes have been rerouted to another airport don’t listen to the agents telling you don’t worry you will make your connecting flight. Figure out a new route right away.

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