10 min.

10 minutes of free wi-fi in CDG airport. Waiting for my plane to Dublin. Two hour layover. Board a flight to Chicago. Three-hour layover. Board a flight to Mpls, then home. The lady made me mad at the airport because she wouldn’t speak in French to me. Come on! My last hours in France. I know that you can hear my American accent, but it’s not that bad!

Yesterday, waiting at the train station in Tours to head to Paris, I ran into Ines and Nic an hour before I was to board the train. Quelle chance? 7 and a half minutes. Met Sergio, Armida, and Rasmus at the train station to say goodbye. Bought a sandwich. Boarded the train. Sat next to a guy who was reading someone’s doctorate for two hours. Listened to Angus and Julia Stone on repeat. Really, check them out if you haven’t!

Walked with 70 lbs of luggage divided between my big backpack and the little guy from the train station to my hostel. Damn. Lots of stairs to reach ground floor from the tunnels of the metro. Have you ever thought about what it would be like to be a metro conductor? They’re modern day miners! All you see are trails of white lights, and then big bursts of fake light as you reach another platform, and then you head off to the next stop. Sounds like dying.

My friend Lucas used to peel clementines in one-go. I don’t know why, but I have been doing it the same way since. Looks like a new kind of Pangea. What if a new planet erupted somewhere in the universe, and the landmass there formed the way in which you managed to peel your clementine in one-go? What if?

3 and a half minutes to go!

I’m excited to get on my bike. Of course I’m excited to see my family and friends, but to get on my bike and cruise around Lake Minnetonka. That’s one of the best parts about living in Minnesota. The bike paths are spectacular!

Met a couple from Peru on the train.

Met a girl from China at Smart Place hostel.

Met a dude from LA, another from Oregon, and a girl from Plymouth. Go figure?

1 minute 40 seconds!

Time to go!

I’ll see you back in the states!

Love,

Matt

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