So I made it to Paris, but not without a few glitches. After all the train issues, we were 1 hour 10 minutes late. By the time I got out and got to the ticket machine for the Paris Metro, it was nearly 10 PM. I tried to buy tickets for the system and that ended up being a disaster. The problem was that the ticket machine only takes Euro coins. I didn't have enough coins, only bills. My next option was to try and run my credit card; no luck. My Mastercard and Visa were both refused despite the machine saying they were accepted. I think it was because my cards lack a smart chip.
After the machine failure, it looked like I was going to be walking. I saw a street map at the station, consulted it, came up with a route, and got out of there. Of course, being completely unfamiliar with Paris meant that I was guaranteed to go the wrong way a few times. Much like in Heerlen, street signs are mounted on buildings and not always easy to find.
I started by walking the wrong direction to find the Rue de Magenta, but then it was found. I walked up until I found what I thought was Blvd. de Rouchechauart, but I was not sure until I figured out some of the signs at the intersection. I got the pleasure of starting from #1 and had to walk to #37, so there was a long walk to get there. However, I made it in one piece and got checked in.
I got up to my room and found it was dark and someone was already asleep, so I tried to be as quiet as possible and not wake him. I dropped my bag on what looked to be like an open bed and then took my laptop downstairs to do some work. I came back upstairs later and passed out, exhausted.
An hour later I was awoken by the other folks who were sharing the room as they had returned. It turned out I had gotten into a bed that was claimed by someone. Whoops. In my defense, I saw the bed was empty, no stuff on it, and did not see the suitcases on the floor at the head of the bed. Oh well, I moved to what was the actual unclaimed bed, and went to sleep. I think this is why the hostel has a rule that when you leave for the day/night you're supposed to put your stuff on the bed.