Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Planes, Trains, and Avatars?

Many firsts will be conquered during my adventure abroad.  To start, I have never been on a plane or out of the country.  I bought my ticket today via Student Universe, I highly recommend them for discounted plan tickets, rail ticket information, etc. I will leave as planned on the 25th of January from Charlotte with one stop in Washington D.C. and then to Paris where I will arrive at about 1:00 a.m. eastern time about 7 am their time.  I plan on trying to set my sleep pattern ahead of time by going to bed earlier and waking up earlier but knowing me, I doubt that I will actually be successful in doing so. Looks like Melatonin supplements and I are going to become best friends for this flight.

This will also be my first time on a train let alone a TGV 200 mph train that I will take from the airport in Paris to Angers where my host family will hopefully be waiting to pick me up.  I will have the pleasure of spending about 2 hours and 20 minutes seeing France from a train window,  that's right I got a window seat! Did I mention that I will be doing this all by myself.  It is too soon for me to tell if I am nervous or scared about flying or traveling alone. Right now I feel perfectly fine about it, but I'll let you know if that changes.

So I have spent some time looking for tips and blogs about Angers, studying abroad in France and general travel advice.  I came across this blog that featured a 3D Angers site where you can make an Avatar and experience the city....AWESOME. I have registered for the site and I am waiting for my confirmation email so I can start exploring the site.  It doesn't surprise me that I haven't received an email yet, even though it should probably be automatic, I have learned the French don't rush to do anything.  But I am rather excited to play around with this if it works and thought some of you might want to check it out as well.

Welp, that's all for now. The next item on my list is making the journey down to Atlanta to apply for my French visa, wish me luck!


  1. sweet, I will also be leaving on the 25th; I'll get to Paris about 6:10am. have you bought a train ticket? I get the vibe I'll have to buy it at the station at CDG airport. Good luck on visa stuff! Hope we both make it to Atlanta with no snow.

  2. I get there at "6:45" am, hah. Yes, I bought my train ticket the only ones available were at 10:28 one with connection one without. Its along time to wait in the airport but I'm sure there will plenty of stuff to occupy my time. There might be earlier ones the day of.

  3. Hi Liana,

    My name is KC Owens, I’m a college student and I love to travel! While cruising the Internet, I found your site and really enjoyed reading your posts. I have been to countries all over Europe with just my backpack and a camera. Since I am a college student and I have significant bills, it can be difficult to find ways to travel the world. However, I have done this several times, with less than ten pounds of luggage and while on a college dime!

    I was hoping that you would allow me to write a post for your site to share my tips and tricks with your readers. I put a lot of time into my traveling, it is my biggest passion and I would love to inspire others by sharing my stories, mistakes and triumphs. I look forward to hearing from you!


    KC Owens