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France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Frenchblood: 3:26pm On Jan 08
Hi guys, welcome to my thread. I’ve always wanted to start a journal/diary of some sort since I arrived in France, but I’ve been hooked down with school, settling down and all that, but I think its time to give back! cool

I’m a Nigerian Living in France, currently studying at Lyon Lumière. I’ll be sharing few experiences, random journal, ideas, infos and most importantly Photo-chronicles.

I’m Frenchblood, not good at writing; this is my first attempt, so I apologize in advance for any future mistakes and errors.

I have a crazy crush on documentary photography and I love exploring new cities and meeting people so I’ll also be sharing pictures and stories as iot comes.

Lastly, Questions (and answers) are allowed, but I would'nt like to answer basic questions that google can easily solve; like 'how much was the total cost of your trip' ! shocked

I AIM TO BE AN EYE OPENER, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER, SO LETS SEE THINGS TOGETHER

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Thayoreey: 3:30pm On Jan 08
Nice one op,we're waiting.

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by madridguy(m): 3:35pm On Jan 08
Following..

Meanwhile help me get one French girl.

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Frenchblood: 4:08pm On Jan 08
I have been an anonymous reader of the travel thread here on Nairaland.

(I have decided to be anonymous as much as possible for obvious reasons)

Thank you all for your time.



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After all the endurances, the time to get to 'fly away' got nearer, coupled with the 'Buhari-conomy' Nigeria which gingered the whole matter, the country has never been interesting, hence, everyone is finding away to at least breath from another side.

Time ticked, Passport was obtained, sitted for the required exam according to what I was applying for (My exam was a French Proficiency Test equivalent to say IELTS or TOEFL as English version), Made up documents as I lurk around for abundance information (the Internet is actually enough, but I realised most Nigerians are poor in searching/using it), Applied for the goddam admission through school website, CampusFrance and Lo! Got Approved to study; to deal with Languages.

The whole process wasn't as easy as ABC, but you have to use your intiatives, prepare well, read for exams, plan, focus, be determined, search infos, don't stop, do it, act and other numerous motivational words!

But then Visa processing was kind of smooth but only based on God's grace, even when I cant posess a common 7-digit account balance, maybe not even upto half lipsrsealed undecided .. searched for a Guarantor from within and backed up my application. In reality, I had abundance help from someone I'll forever be grateful to (you dont want to hear about this, else you'll get touched and cry).

Another stubborn part was getting an accommodation, but all is story now.

Fastforward to September 2018, Got My Fine Schenghen Visa smiling to me like 'so you have me now, what next?' grin grin
After moments of Panics, Headaches, Hopes and Expectations, it came out in about 35 - 40 working day (kinda abnormal but still normal) Though I 'PUSH'ed (Prayed Until Something Happened) grin cos it was just few days to resumption. What am I even saying, School had resumed already !!!!! cry

Its a virgin fresh passport waiting for the die-hard-to-get Schenghen Visa, Longstay + of course work permit. Funny enough the visa fee was 90 euros ( VFS Global ). This is funny because some 'undescribable' people will still waste some hard earned millions on some motherf**king agents, mehn Nigerians have suffered !

Flew Emirates,took-off evening, greeted Dubai Airport for 9 good hours ... person go just tire!

Landed Lyon 7:45, Nextday grin

I'll narrate the Flight experience (It was my first time flying) in the next entry, this is my Introduction.

Merçi !

Pic: Dubai Airport DXB

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by chukxie(m): 4:24pm On Jan 08
My molue has 'parked' here. Waiting patiently for your narration.
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Davidson5(m): 5:00pm On Jan 08
Please Go on. Don’t stop.
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Rextizzle(m): 5:01pm On Jan 08
Oya continue
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by UrRealG: 5:25pm On Jan 08
Following
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by 4dor: 5:52pm On Jan 08
On the contrary, I think you're a decent writer. Your ability to show "panic" with words is commendable. grin

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Chriswazo(m): 6:47pm On Jan 08
4dor:
On the contrary, I think you're a decent writer. Your ability to show "panic" with words is commendable. grin

Exactly my thought

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by olumig(m): 7:58pm On Jan 08
chukxie:
My molue has 'parked' here. Waiting patiently for your narration.
na lie, na Tesla u dey drive
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Trenton: 8:45pm On Jan 08
Make i grab my spot, all visa enquirers please stay clear, op ride on
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by earthsync(f): 9:31pm On Jan 08
Following
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Favbolu(m): 10:46pm On Jan 08
I'm following
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Frenchblood: 11:44pm On Jan 08
Insider!

.............

Baggage packed (exceeded the rubbish 23kg), mind over prepared, family and frinds over joyed, Awwwwwnnn I'm traveling wink wink

Flashback: At VFS Global (they didn't call me like normal for passport pickup to know your fate, I went just like that), me that I have sent numerous emails like stones and arrows and still no reply, meanwhile time was going. Something just said send the French Embassy A messsage for the umpteenth time again, and in few hours I read " Dear bla bla bla, Kindly note that your passport is in transit and will get to VFS this evening " looool May be my French feared them grin grin.

That Night I couldnt even sleep, I started calculating Countries (I swear) like, Italy + Netherlands - Madrid = Monaco (Schenghen will just spoil you)

God bless the brain that thought of Schenghen. Its actually the best thing that has ever happened to Mankind after say Jesus and Mohammed.


BACK TO STORY LINE:

After reading so many articles on airline reviews and shits because I read tirelessly on things, I became confused on which airline to settle for as time no dey again and ticket pricees be flying up like jet.

I ended up buying my ticket the very day I was travelling, I mean just 9 hours before take off! shocked shocked poo, dont be like me, I beg you! Damn risk!

I was escorted to the airport like normal, my mind had travelled far already I was just bonning to every faces.

Check-in time came (the normal 2hours before zoum zoum), Passed my bags and stuffs as line moved.

'hello, you have to wrap this your 'Ghana Must Go bag' with tape, and its just 1k'. In my mind 1k that your Daddy gave me abi .....

Sorry I dont have naira - voiced back tongue

oohh but you have to do because the airline won't bla bla bla ... She continued. Me that my mind is gone grin

(My brother hard to settle the girl and she wrapped the stuffs neat and shinning)

NOTE: They didn't even check for contrabands, just payed 1k and its wrapped. What If I have 'White' in my Bag ?? SMH undecided

Those guys issuing boarding passes were just asking questions as best described as 'mumu question' like - Hello, where is your final destination, handle me your passport, I'll have to scan it.

But wait, those immigration officers are the mumuest. They literarily turned begging to daily songs and anthem.

I can't even remember those parts, I wasn't even at the Airport spiritualy.

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Boarding gates passed and shishi I no give any body grin

We were finally passed in and as a sharp Nigerian brain, I located my seat in 30 seconds (even though I was a first-timer) one girl forming posh just be running up and down, in my mind i'm like madam don't go and mistake and enter bussiness class o grin.

About 1 hour on-board and food came (see pictures, I don't want to write too much on food else tommorrow will meet us here)


Flight was so great, food was sumptous ( with the food, I started changing tongue gradually)

The ICE Entertainment of Emirates Airline is second to non. Like movies non-stop, music, live Tv on board, see the plane views, watch documentaries and stuffs but no browsing, wifi is value added service with extra payment.

Fisrt flight
LOS Lagos - DXB Dubai (was about 6 hours and was fully boarded)

Stop over DXB Dubai for 9 correct hours where I roamed the airport like a mad person upandan till I made sure I got lost, met a Nigerian girl on-board with big carry-on luggage, helped her to settle for her connecting flight to New York (that's sample of Patriotism, not all about singing useless national athem)

Second connecting flight

DXB Dubai - LYS Lyon (was just me and 29 other people I slept like poo.... 7 freaking hrs flight) wink

During the flight I was just testing all buttons and stuffs. grin

Enjoyed unlimited views from the window, Saw Milan, Istanbul, Swiss Alpes from some 35,000 feets about.

We tore through Clouds !

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by chukxie(m): 12:10am On Jan 09
olumig:
na lie, na Tesla u dey drive

Amen oooo! Bigger things abound in 2019. I pray some for you, bruv. Amen.
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by chukxie(m): 12:18am On Jan 09
Frenchblood:
Insider!

.............

Baggage packed (exceeded the rubbish 23kg), mind over prepared, family and frinds over joyed, Awwwwwnnn I'm traveling wink wink

Flashback: At VFS Global (they didn't call me like normal for passport pickup to know your fate, I went just like that), me that I have sent numerous emails like stones and arrows and still no reply, meanwhile time was going. Something just said send the French Embassy A messsage for the umpteenth time again, and in few hours I read " Dear bla bla bla, Kindly note thet your passport is in transit and will be get to VFS this evening " looool May be my French feared them grin grin.

That Night I couldnt even sleep, I started calculating Countries (I swear) like, Italy + Netherlands - Madrid = Monaco (Schenghen will just spoil you)

God bless the brain that thought of Schenghen its ctually the best thing that has ever happened to Mankind after say Jesus and Mohammed.


BACK TO STORY LINE:

After reading so many articles on airline reviews and shits because I read tirelessly on things, I became confused on which airline to settle for as time no dey again and ticket pricees be flying up like jet.

I ended up buying my ticket the very day I was travelling, I mean just 9 hours before take off! shocked shocked poo, dont be like me, I beg you! Damn risk!

-------------------------------------------

I was escorted to the airport like normal, my mind has travelled far already I was just bonning to every faces.

Check-in time came (the normal 2hours before zoum zoum), Passed my bags and stuffs as line moved.

'hello, you have to wrap this your 'Ghana Must Go bag' with tape, and its just 1k'. In my mind 1k that your Daddy gave me abi .....

Sorry I dont have naira - voiced back
OOP but you have the airline won't bla bla bla ...

(My brother hard to settle the girl and she wrapped the stuffs neat and shinning)

NOTE: They dont even check any contrabands anylonger just pay and wrap. What If I have 'White' in mu GMG Bag ??

Those guys issuing boarding passes were just asking questions as best described as 'mumu question' like - Hello, where is your final destination, handle me your passport, I'll have to scan it. But wait, those immigration officers are the mumuest. They literarily turned begging to daily songs and anthem.

I can't even remember those parts, I wasn't even at the Airport spiritualy.

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Boarding gates passed (and shishi I no give any body grin)

We were finally passed in and as a sharp Nigerian brain, I located my seat in 30 seconds (even though I was a first-timer) one girl forming posh just be running up and down, in my mind i'm like madam don't go and mistake and enter bussiness class o grin.

1 hour on-board and food came (see pictures, I no want to write too much on food else tommorrow will meet us here)


Flight was so great, food was sumptous ( with the food, I started changing tongue gradually)

The ICE Entertainment of Emirates Airline is second to non. Like movies non-stop, music, live tv, see the plane views, watch documentary and stugffs but no browsing, wifi is value added service with extra payment.

Fisrt flight
LOS Lagos - DXB Dubai (was about 6 hours and was fully boarded)

Stop over DXB Dubai for 9 coorect hours where I roamed the airport like a mad person upandan till I made sure I got lost, met a Nigerian girl on-board with big carry-on luggage, helped her and settle for her connecting flight to New York (thats sample of Patriotism, not about singing useless national athem)

Second connecting flight

DXB Dubai - LYS Lyon (was just me and 29 other people I slept like poo.... 7 freaking hrs flight)


During the flight I was just testing all buttons and stuffs.
Enjoyed unlimited views from the window, Saw Milan, Istanbul, Swiss Alpes from some 35,000 feets about.

We tore throgh Clouds !

Nice narration, bruv! I'm enjoying 'flows'. Keep them coming. The feeling of getting on an airplane for the first time is indescribable. Butterflies go just dey jump inside your belly !
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Hadampson(m): 12:23am On Jan 09
Enter with Benz V8*
Walk majestically to the front seat
Grab popcorn

OP ride on

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Frenchblood: 1:14am On Jan 09
More Photos to 'picture-clear' the eyes grin

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Frenchblood: 1:56am On Jan 09
YUMMIES AND HOTTIES
....

I'll use all my money grin .

I can't pay those hundred of thousands and keep hiding the urge to eat.

Eat Anything, don't Dull !

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by KendrickAyomide: 3:51am On Jan 09
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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Kayavail: 7:06am On Jan 09
Nice write up...

Don’t ever think about that white powder. You will be caught!

How did you know that the multimedia/entertainment was second to none as a first time traveler?

How did you see from 35,000 ft? If clearly, let us know the equipment...

Did you get the Nigerian lady’s contact as a bad sharp guy?


Enjoy your stay

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Frenchblood: 1:40pm On Jan 09
Kayavail:
Nice write up...

Don’t ever think about that white powder. You will be caught!

How did you know that the multimedia/entertainment was second to none as a first time traveler?

How did you see from 35,000 ft? If clearly, let us know the equipment...

Did you get the Nigerian lady’s contact as a bad sharp guy?


Enjoy your stay

I wasn't searched at all, not even my shoes were checked. My Bag was Wrapped and entered the cargo just like that.

I have read and known Emirates airline's on board entertainment is the best and when I witessed it, I confirmed. Come and see enjoyment gallore (I shouldn't have concluded since I have never flown anyother airline) but if it were to be you, you would have concored.

One can't see clearly. Just that the houses will be in blocks and tiny layouts

Forget about the lady

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Akeem1759(m): 4:57pm On Jan 09
grin grin, I can relate with that food part, stomach pain one finish me after I Don overload. Love your stuff, do and continue abeg
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by donoro(m): 5:09pm On Jan 09
Make I book space for here op keep it coming
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by austino677(m): 5:41pm On Jan 09
Nice flow Frenchblood.. merci
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by GENTLENNAJI(m): 9:54pm On Jan 09
Op fire dey go
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by kingskim(m): 10:18pm On Jan 09
I don land.
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by KendrickAyomide: 8:13pm On Jan 10
OP fuel don finish

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Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Imustreturn: 8:46pm On Jan 10
Op are you sleeping? grin
Re: France & Europe: Experience Through The Eyes Of A Nigerian (Photojournal) by Frenchblood: 2:43pm On Jan 11
KendrickAyomide:
OP fuel don finish

LMFAO !

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