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Greetings from Toulouse

rain 12 °C
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I made it! My sweet husband met me at the airport and expertly got us a cab back to the city center, where the hotel is located. Despite the late hour (11pm) there were still lots of people about, probably the university crowd at the pubs. I stayed awake long enough to use the bidet and the douche then gratefully went to sleep in a horizontal position, an improvement over last night on the plane! Wake up call came early and we went down to breakfast (chocolate croissants!) in the hotel with a Boeing colleague, then I went back up to the room and napped for a couple hours while they went to work. The weather here is exactly as I left Seattle, 55' and raining, unseasonable but not uncomfortable. I can see a sea of umbrellas from my hotel window overlooking the Capitol Plaza as I write. I got in a couple hours exploration of the city, but didn't find any markets today. I'm saving my Euros for Provence and Barcelona anyway. Nathan's taking me to a nice French restaurant tonight, but it doesn't open until 8:30, so we're in the room watching weightlifting on EuroSport - more entertaining than the English channels, which are CNN and MSNBC. It will get more entertaining from here on out when Nathan's not working. I fare okay on my own, with the little French I learned on the plane. The usual pleasantries, as well as "how much does it cost?" and "too expensive!", my favorite phrases in any language! It's certainly more expensive here than my previous travels, but as Nathan points out, we didn't have to get any shots to come here, and it's nice to be able to use the tap water to brush our teeth! Hopefully I'll have more entertaining content to relate tomorrow. Au Revoir!

Posted by nat-ali 07:38 Archived in France Tagged business_travel

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