As I dragged my 2 medium-size suitcases over a rough curb, burdened also by my heavy backpack and camera bag, I began to hear in my head the traveler’s mantra: “Pack light, pack light” and “Put out what you want to pack, then remove 50%”. I certainly haven’t done that.
Rod, similarly loaded, and I trundle round the long block circling the Gare de Montparnasse, where the Air France bus from Charles de Gaul airport dropped us, as we looked for our Ibis hotel. We realized how relevant this “rule” is, as we didn’t feel very mobile, certainly not compared to how we normally travel. But, we didn’t have much choice, as we’ll be here in Paris for 6 months and sending boxes by mail was way too expensive. Oh well, we just have to get to our final destination tomorrow and then we can be light again.
The over-night flight from Chicago to Dublin, then on to Paris, wasn’t that long, but was rather disturbed so we didn’t sleep at all. The connection in Dublin was tight, and stressful too. All this on top of the stress of getting ready to leave for 6 months. We checked into the hotel, wandered around Montparnasse a bit, had a snack lunch, and then broke the second traveler’s “rule”: “Keep awake the first day, eat early and go to bed early (to adjust to the new time zone)”. We were about asleep on our feet, so we succumbed to a 2-hour nap. And, you know what? We did feel better, and we did still sleep well that night.