Sunday, November 06, 2005

Jefferson went to Paris, Franklin went to Paris. Now, it's my turn, god help the French

I am in the final stages of preparation for the tours second leg in Western Europe. I spent the day rounding up the last of the supplies for the trip. The main things I picked up was the "Top 10" guides for London, Paris, Amsterdam and Scotland. They are pocket guides that give you just the main highlights that should not be missed. They should help with finding the main tourist areas to maximize my time in each city.

Now the last thing I picked up may turn out to help me or just piss the French off more. I downloaded an audiobook titked "In-Flight French" and it claims to be able to teach me the 100 most used words that will get you by in France. It is about an hour so I will try and listen to it at least 10 times before I get to France. I have been told that if you can say some basic greetings, phrases and questions the French will be more apt to speak to me in english. I will test this theory and let you know how that works out. My biggest fear is since it took 4 years to get through Spanish 1 (there is a whole story to those 4 years but I don't want to get into it here), ten hours may not be enough. I am going to give it my best, I don't want to do anything that makes the French hate Americans more.

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