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Topic: Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) (02/19/09)
TITLE: Dear Mum
By Amanda Gray
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I have arrived safely and am having a great timeÖ except that I broke my foot when dragging my bag off the airport carousel. But thatís all fine. Itís in a cast and should be right in a few months. So thereís no reason to worry.
The sights around Paris are fantastic. Weíve been to all the big touristy attractions. Like the Notre Dame Cathedral. It was really lovely, though the steps were a bit hard to negotiate with my crutches. But Matty and Sam were really helpful. Though I did wish I had worn jeans instead of my dress because then they would have had something better to catch hold of when I tripped and fell down the stairs. But donít worry, according to your advice I was wearing clean and modest underwear. And the black eye should clear up in a few days.
But it did mean that I couldnít spend as much time as I wanted in the Cathedral as the attendants were shooting disapproving looks towards me due to my disheveled appearance, especially since I had to hold the bodice of my dress together with a discretely placed pin. But I have mended the tear now and you can hardly see it.
So thereís no need to worry. I soooo enjoyed touring around Paris and looking at all the sights. The art is beautiful. Though I did get into a bit of trouble when I tried to take a photo of the Mona Lisa for you. It wasnít so much that I was taking the photo as I forgot to turn off my flash. And it wasnít so much that, as when I was taking it I overbalanced and lost one of the crutches. It wasnít that I dropped it so much as the fact that it hit the painting. But it didnít cause much damage. And they released me after I paid the fine.
So you donít need to worry. Though it seems I may have to cut my tour of Europe a little short. Which is a shame as I am pretty sure that the policeman said I could never come back. But Iíll get the embassy people to explain all that to me as they escort me to my flight tomorrow.
Oh, yes. I forgot to tell you. Iím coming home. Can you pick me up at 3pm Australian time on Wednesday from Sydney airport? Iíll probably be the first off as they are transporting me in a wheelchair.
But donít worry. Iíve had a great time. See you on Wednesday.
(Emailed from the Australian Embassy in France)
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