We hitchhiked into Lille with a man who was the mayor of a nearby small village. He said his biggest current project was to improve the public transportation. We joked that he must have picked us up because he felt responsible for getting people around since he didn’t think the public transportation was up to par yet.
We didn’t exactly intend to stay in the city, but its irresistible charm kept us there for two days.
It was really exciting to visit France. I would love to learn French and had downloaded an app earlier in the trip to help me out, but with a lack of time and wifi I didn’t get too far. I was hoping someone would talk to me about their black cat or red dress since that’s about all I understood, but the opportunity never arose.
We found a hostel then mostly explored. I loved the way character and stories seemed to come out of the rich, colorful buildings.
I’ve decided my calling in life is to sit in French window sills and watch the world go by. I haven’t figured out how to fund this yet though.
As usual we couldn’t resist the old, beautiful churches.
We never took a bus or train once in France, but exclusively hitchhiked (with great success). Even when we were in awful spots we got picked up by people who drove us to better spots where we’d get picked up quickly.
It’s amazing the people you meet. Mothers with all their kids in the car, people battling cancer, older folks who used to hitchhike back in the day… it’s incredible to hear their stories then get back on the road to stick out our thumbs and wait for the next people. Somehow they are always people we were meant to meet.
We walked out of Lille to a smaller town. It was hot. Finally we decided to stop and try our luck. A woman with her two kids stopped.
“Where are you headed?”
“I can take you to the border.”
She wasn’t even planning on going that way- she was just nice. When we got to the border she took us even farther.
I loved France and it wasn’t enough time for me. Luckily I had predicted this and already bought my ticket home out of Paris to ensure that I would go back. And I look forward to it.