Soggy Strike

Paris CDG Termial 2E 06

Dear readers,

Right now I should be in Italy, walking along the banks of Lake Como with my friend Simone who grew up in the area.

Instead I’m sitting in my uncomfortable writing chair (must do something about that) in Paris wondering just why I put up with France sometimes.

See, there was a huge national strike on Tuesday. Yes, yes, nothing new. It’s la rentree, everyone’s back, might as well go on strike.

Fine. My flight was scheduled on Wednesday. I checked Easyjet’s flight before leaving to make sure it was still on. Yes, it said. Planifie.

Only, when I get to CDG airport, the flight was not planifie. Not planned at all. A great big annule, in fact. Wait in line to rebook. Unhelpful ticket agent who does not want to tell me why the flight is cancelled. After about my fifth time asking, he finally says, quite haughtily, well, Madame, there was a big national strike yesterday.

Yes, yes, I’m aware, I said. That was yesterday. And today is today.

But let’s not belabor the point. When can I get out of here?

Oh, Friday? As in, not tonight, not tomorrow, but in 2 days from now? Oh, and you do not want to pay me for the expenses of my fruitless trip out here? Right. Ok. Do you think I should go now, before I reach across the desk and strangle you?

Sigh. I’m booked to leave tomorrow. Yes, in theory, I could have tried to book with another company, then fought with Easyjet again to get reimbursed, or spent another day in the airport today waiting standby.

These things I simply did not want to do. I took the RER B back home (which, by the way, will not be running on weekends through November 7 – you know, just another added convenience) and pouted for awhile. It was raining when I got out of the train and I dragged my wet suitcase the few blocks to my apartment, visions of Italy fading into the gloomy Paris day.

I could go on with the despair, but really, why bother? The most interesting/bizarre fact is that I actually managed to regroup after a few hours and get a lot of work done. And I started feeling good. Why in the world am I feeling good when instead of being in Italy I’m writing snappy copy for a freelance project? I am strange, people. Sometimes, maybe just a tad too positive.

I’m going to go to an open house at a nearby dance studio tonight and look into taking some classes. Maybe a little hip-hop for the rentree. There’s also an American cupcake stand in Printemps Nation today, that I might just have to go check out, too. France gives you a strike, you make…well, I guess I make the most of it by dancing to hip-hop and eating cupcakes.

Wish me luck for tomorrow. I’m actually off to a Saturday wedding in an ice cream factory. Yes, you read that right. The groom’s family runs a gelateria in a small town called Reggio and he and his American bride are having a ceremony there. Strikes, soggy train rides, silly French ticket agents – none of that will keep me from it.


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10 Responses to “Soggy Strike”

  1. 1 LostNCheeseland September 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    You SHOULD go to Nation, I went during lunch and bought a couple! Show your support, Italy will still be there on Friday!


  2. 3 Cassady September 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    oh frustrating! but i am glad that you at least will be going tomorrow – have a wonderful time! šŸ™‚


  3. 4 Alison September 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Ugh, what a drag! But kudos to you for being so positive. Good luck with your flight and have a great time in Italy!


  4. 5 Paris Paul P September 9, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Oh man! i hope you’ll be able to add a couple days onto your trip to make up for lost time!


  5. 6 Geary September 9, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    In my trips to Paris, it seems that I come in contact with two types of employees. The ones in the street markets and small stores are usually pretty good, but as soon as I have to deal with a type of corporate employee like a department store or airport clerk, the difference is stark. From helpful and courteous to indifferent and sullen.

    Is it because the corporate employees are union and have guaranteed jobs?

    After a trip to Paris, going to the supermarket here in SF is so different. “Can I help you.” “Did you find everything you needed.” Not that we don’t have some sullen workers, but in general it is such a pleasant change from Paris.

    I have even considered flying thru London and using Eurostar just to avoid CDG, but have heard horror stories about that also.

    But then Paris has an awful lot to make up for a few sullen clerks here and there.



  6. 7 Erica September 9, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Good luck and safe travels. Hope you get there. I am jelaous you know! Have a wonderful cappuccino for me please and let me know when you are back so we can hang some more! Erica


  7. 8 Adam September 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Ah this reminds me of one of my mottos – ‘always take the train’!


  8. 9 Kat September 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Oh oh oh! I think we were very lucky not to be affected by the strike as we flew to Italy last Wednesday by Easyjet (but from Orly) and had no delays! I hope your trip was disaster free from that point onwards…


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