What I learned spending 5 weeks in Paris


If you followed my blog over the past few weeks you know that the volcano grounded me here. I have been here 5 weeks and finally will leave tomorrow. I have become very good at washing clothes in a sink and have my room service menu almost memorized. I am mentally exhausted and looking forward to getting home, seeing my family, and eating a home-cooked meal. I can’t wait to get into the kitchen and cook something.

So what did this experience teach me?

  1. Mother Nature rules. Period.
  2. Oysters and Pouilly Fume ROCKS!
  3. My friends in France care about me. And for that I am truly grateful.
  4. I have gotten extremely good at squeezing between cars on the roads.
  5. Patience is a wonderful thing.
  6. Canadian beef is better than French beef.
  7. Keeping in touch with family and friends back home keeps you sane.
  8. Hotels are as good as the people who work there.
  9. When hotel staff go out of their way to help you, you’ll likely come back.
  10. Eating alone a lot really sucks.
  11. I can tell a good bread from a bad one.
  12. Bordeaux is still my favourite French wine – St. Emilion rules.

I love Paris and will be back next month. To all of you who took the time to call, send an e-mail, and spend time in person, THANK YOU!

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2 thoughts on “What I learned spending 5 weeks in Paris

  1. Welcome home Raj!!! I was delayed today due to the volcano; had to take off, go south over Spain and Portugal and then over the Atlantic. Route was congested. Took 1.5 hours to get a slot. then we had a warning light come on in the cockpit before takeoff; we lost out slot for takeoff. then we got the technical issue fixed but lost our slot. Got an indefinite delay and finally clearance.

    we were 2h45 late and then had to get a new flight to Ottawa. I am home now. I hope your journey is much smoother – YOU of all people deserve it.

    Nice 1-12 list… I am a west bank fan with Pauillac being my favorite. Anney likes St. Emilion… guess you are biased to Merlot?

  2. Hi Ed,
    Off to the airport soon. Hope delays are at a minimum, but I got an upgrade to Business Class so at least I can sleep. Yesterday I started to decompress, knowing I was coming home, and suddenly felt exhausted. At home I am partial to Cab-Sauvs. I find it hard to find good Bordeaux at home. I am spoiled with the great wines here. Time to get out of Dodge…

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