27 March, 2009, 3:24 pm
Filed under: Lacoste, School, Transit


I’ve made it to the Savannah College of Art and Design’s campus in Lacoste. However, I am sans check-in baggage (which is carrying most of my clothes, my bath towels, my school supplies and text books, among other things.) Apparently, my bag was never placed on the flight that I caught in Atlanta. I have been informed by Air France that my bag was on the next flight out from Atlanta and that it will be delivered to me here tomorrow. I was then told by the staff at school that “tomorrow” usually means a few days from tomorrow.

The scenery here is gorgeous, but at present it is being slightly trumped by jetlag, mild allergy symptoms and in addition my ears are all out-of-wack since landing in Paris. Oh, one funny thing about Paris, when going through customs the agent at the window kept staring at the Pele button on my hoodie and finally asked me “what is it?” I clumsily explained to him that it was for an American rock and roll band. He just shrugged and smiled and said “I don’t know what that is.” It was more words than I expected to exchange with him. He stamped my passport without me having to ask.

It wasn’t until arriving in Marseilles, that I discovered I was without my check-in bag. That immediately put a damper on my trip. In addition, I was told by AT&T that my cell phone would work and it doesn’t. So there’s me… in a foreign country for the first time and without all of my shit and unable to easily call home. The agent at the lost bags office was actually very kind and spoke English very well. I found myself embarrased at not knowing much French beyond a few phrases, though I doubt I would have been very good at speaking it in that moment if I did. I was somewhat reassured when I showed her the address for the school’s campus and she replied that she was familiar with that address and that they often have missing bags delivered to the campus.

People here have been friendly. Most of the students here are from the Savannah Campus and so I don’t really know anyone. But I’ve been getting along well enough for someone in my situation. I also ran into Professor Clifford, who is from the Atlanta campus and is one of the best instructors I have had. He is teaching the printmaking course that I am taking here.

umm… What else? Oh! I have finally started to read Vonnegut’s Breakfast Of Champions and so far it has been a satisfying read. Possibly because of reading this book, I suddenly got the urge to listen to The Appleseed Cast’s Mare Vitalis. At any rate it pleased my ears to hear it. (This is before the landing in Paris sufficiently trounced any normal hearing capacity.)

Tomorrow we are scheduled to go to the open air markets in Apt. ‘should be fun?

I hope everyone in the nation of Dwayne Hoover and Kilgore Trout is doing well. More soon.

Photo: Terminal at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Aeroport


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Glad you made it safely despite the other problems! We’re going on vacation tomorrow to Italy and I just threw my cell phone in the wash with my jeans! I guess there has to be bumps in every trip. We used our cell phones in Italy, maybe try calling AT&T’s service desk, they may need to change a setting and that might be all. Good luck cuz!

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