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On Leaving France

On Leaving France

My exit from France last Wednesday began with a big rush to the train station in Ales. I thought I forgot my camera at my friend’s home when we were half way there. I did the math and determined that it would be cheaper and less of a hassle to ditch the flight to Morocco and return to pick up my camera- a one of a kind Sanyo that I scooped up in Shanghai a year ago. But luckily, my travel instincts kicked in, and, unbeknown to me, I packed my camera in my bag. Good, Mira would have been pissed if I made her stay in France for the sake of a silly camera.

I usually keep all of my traveling gear in its proper place. If something is not where I keep it, I give it up for lost. I do not lose many things. If fact, the last thing that I lost was a red plaid shirt in the Hong Kong airport as I was being frisked by the police for carrying a big machete through their realm of control. They told me that big knifes are forbidden in Hong Kong. I told them that I was an archaeologist and needed big knifes. They let me keep it, but shot me through the spin of “due process” none the less. I lost my shirt somewhere in the shuffle. I am still upset about this haha.

So Mira and I said farewell to our dear Chilean friends in France on Wednesday morning and boarded the train to Marseille. It was a good stay with really good people. I hope they found the gift that we left for them inside of their scanner (hint, hint ). Seldom does a traveler find such genuine people on the Open Road. We will miss them.

Without hassle we traveled on to Marrakech, Morocco.

Photograph from Marrakech

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Marrakech, Morocco
January 5, 2008

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 80 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3170 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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