“Travels to a Different Time” : 2August72: Malaga/Paris: All Alone in Paris! Are Those Lice, Crabs or Fleas on My Sheets?

We flew on Overseas National Airways from Malaga to Paris. Mom is staying on board heading back to New York. It will be her birthday flight. And Robert at 16 years of age in Paris all alone! I have been well trained in frugal living in Europe so will have to put my skills to work. I took the crew bus into Paris and it dropped the crew at a nice hotel I certainly can’t afford. They were nice enough to give me a few snacks from the airplane. In the pelting rain off to find a room. The youth hostel was full. I ran into a 25-year-old American grosser chick called Karen who was looking for a room. It took us 4 hours to find some rooms at $6.00 each. Too rich for my budget so I will move tomorrow. We went out for dinner. I sleep with my money belt under my pillow and when taking a shower I take it in a plastic bag. Sleep was not great as I arrived at my room and the towels were dirty and the bed unmade and there were some sort of bugs on the sheets. My mom told me crabs were a big problem with the flyers my dad served with and they make your life miserable. In my best Parisian French I asked the front desk to give me clean linen and report the sheet infestation.

Photo: Fotini Stephen

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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