Of course, at this point I am mostly concerned with checking three suitcases which racks up $100 in additional fees if you're traveling with US Airways now'a'days. This cost is approximately a quarter the price of my affordable one-way ticket between NC and Europe. For those youthful (i.e. broke) travelers not fortunate enough to have a personal Mommy fast-cash ATM dispenser along for the ride, consider:
- http://www.airlineconsolidator.com/ ...or of course the rising All Star among travel options for adventuresome youth...
A passage from the beginning of Gopnik's book (which is quickly becoming my Bible of sorts, my sole insight into Parisienne life before I am dumped in it) captures perfectly my sentiments towards my next year abroad: "Americans, Henry James wrote, 'are too apt to think that Paris is the celestial city,' and even if we don't quite think that, some of us do think of it as the place where tickets are sold for the train to get you there." I will board my metaphorical train shortly with humility but also with wide eyes and this blog will be my weekly political-cultural-travel report for the rest of you all, what it actually means today to be an American in Paris.