April 18, 2017
Time in Bordeaux France 11:11 AM
Several weeks before this trip began, I actually had pre-planned on using the first three days as a jet-lag recovery period. I’m very glad that I am letting this trip evolve without a lot of structure as I was able to give myself the additional time I needed. Traveling east in my opinion is much harder on my body, and this trip took me 9 time zones ahead of California. The complications are: you are tired when you should be awake and wide awake when you should be sleeping. Also my gastrointestinal system is still in flux, I used to “GO” in the morning and these days its always occurring at night time.
Currently I feel great with lots of energy and I’m enjoying walking many miles every day. I am finally staying in a place here in Bordeaux (at least for the next four days) that has a full kitchen and there is a grocery store about 100 meters from my front door. If you are someone that eats anything, you could gain more weight here in France then being on a cruise ship. But for me (Mr. Vegan) it is a workout searching online, walking to the select few places available and sometimes finding an empty space because they have gone out of business.
This happened to me two days ago, I walked to three places listed in Happy Cow (the vegan/vegetarian restaurant online guide) before I found one open. When I reached the first place and found an empty storefront I immediately went into frustration mode and pulled out my phone to start looking for my next choice. What I didn’t tell you yet was, it was about 1:45 PM and I had not had breakfast, and I was really hungry… When I opened my phone I luckily had a reminder on the screen, reminding me to read the Buddhist 5 mindfulness trainings, which gave me a moment to look at my situation differently, and I shifted my thinking from frustration to allowing what is. This alone lowered my blood pressure. I decided to listen to a talk by Thích Nhât Hanh while I continued walking. If you don’t know who Thích Nhât Hanh is, you can click on his name and Oprah Winfrey will introduce you to him. As I walked to the second restaurant (which was closed) I was now happily walking in Paris France, experiencing new sights and sounds and no longer frustrated. I just chose my current situation just as it was, so simple, but I so often forget I have a choice. The third restaurant I found named “Oatmeal|Paris” was wonderful. I wrote the following TripAdvisor review for this place.
OATMEAL | PARIS
This vegan restaurant which serves something that I have only now enjoyed once in my life. Vegan Savory Oatmeal. The bowl of food I received was delicious. The restaurant atmosphere is bright and lively and the person running the place was friendly and happy to help me in english.
OK, since I have already headed in the direction of food, I will also tell you that I had the best Indian food ever, 3 nights ago at the Royal Bombay restaurant in Paris. I added my TripAdvisor link to the restaurant name above where you can see my review and my photos.
My first 3 nights in Paris at the MIJE Hostel:
I had used the HostelWorld site to make this selection. The name of the place is MIJE Fauconnier and the HostelWorld writeup is hyperlinked (here). I came to find out that this place has a contract with a tour company the leads young teenagers on tours. In my opinion it is not a travelers hostel. The beds were about 3 or 4 inches to short for me (with wood headboard & footboards) and terrible mattresses, and they had the strangest and worst pillows I’ve ever seen. The tables in the only common area, must have been designed with children in mind as I could not fit my legs under any of the tables. The people at the front desk were great, the place was spotlessly clean, and the location was great. Just not a good fit for me (literally speaking).
My next accommodations had the most comfortable bed with 4 pillows and an actual adult eating area that my body fit into, it made all the difference.
Photos with short captions.
I think this is a long enough post for today.
I have 3 more days to enjoy Bordeaux and take in the sights before I leave for Plum Village Monastery. During my 14 days at the monastery beginning on April 21 I will likely refrain from using my electronic devices, but I will check in and let everyone on Facebook know that I arrived ok, and I’ll create another post as soon as I leave Plum Village on May 6.
All my love