Although I live in Atlanta, I have never had the experience to have easy access to trains. The metro is awesome here. I have ma carte navigo (metro pass) and I just use it to skip into any station in Paris and I can just hop on the next train. I’ve never felt so independent until I forced myself to learn the metro system in Paris, but honestly any city with a large train system is great. It doesn’t make me feel bad for not having a driver’s license. If I want to go to the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower I just know I can walk about ten minutes to either Duroc (lines 10 and 13) or Montparnasse-Bienvenüe (the station I prefer since it has 4 lines: 4,6,12, and 13) and I can easily get to my destination. Sometime I’ll have to switch lines, but that doesn’t really bother me. Also, if I get lost at least I know that if I find a metro I’ll be able to find my way back home. :)
This is definitely something I need to keep in mind for graduate school, jobs, etc.
Cate navigo and my keys.