Friday, 24 January 2020

23 Rue Etienne Richerand (Lyon, France)

After getting ready this morning I left just after lunch and walked to the Part Dieu Train Station which is about a 10 minute walk. I had found on Google that I could take a train to the Confluence area but a helper at the train office said I could take a tram which would be cheaper so I decided to give that a try.

I sometimes avoid taking a tram or streetcar because, unless I have specific instructions and cash, I can run into problems, which I did today. A couple of women tried to help but my credit cards didn’t work and I didn’t have any coins.

A young woman who was helping me gave me a ticket and then escorted me on the next train, which I thought was nice. After she walked away I checked my pocket and my passport, credit cards and cash were gone. An empty pocket. The doors closed and I had to wait until the next stop to walk back to the station. I had hoped that maybe she threw away the passport in a trash can so I checked of few of those with no luck then tried to find the nearest U.S. Embassy to get a new passport. To make a long story short, the nearest Embassy that could do that was in Marseilles, not Lyon.

On my way walking back to the flat I called my friend in Portland who collects my mail to see if my extra credit card there could be activated so I have some way to make charges. This is where having Google Pay comes in handy, not need to a physical credit card.

When I got back to the flat I eventually got the credit cards taken care of and an appointment with the Embassy in Marseilles on Monday. Though I need to call Bank of American tomorrow. Also got my newly activated credit card linked to accounts that need a credit card. Then I drank a couple of beers. Tomorrow my Airbnb host will bring me some cash. Via Airbnb I put money on my account. I’ll need the money to pay for the new passport.

Considering how long I’ve been traveling I’ve had very few issues. Though leaving my carry on bag on a train in Frankfurt was not pleasant. So I have to be thankful that I’m still is good shape and my schedule won’t be impacted for the next could of weeks. I’ll get everything mailed to me in Cyprus since I’ll be there for two weeks.

The good thing is that I was able to watch the new Star Trek series, Picard. Really enjoyed the new series but will have to wait a week to see the next episode. Tomorrow I’ll hang around the flat to meet my Airbnb host who will give me some cash.

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