16 juillet 2011

Bordeaux and the Bottle

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24 juin 2011

Vous voulez cette place?

  - Vous voulez cette place? - Non… - I am unable to hide my astonishment that the girl offered me her seat. All right, she looks like a sweet teenager who was taught to give place to elderly. But even though I am probably twice as old as she is, I definitely do not look old – “a man in his prime” would be a better way to describe me. Since a teenager is no good even as a hypothetic romantic object, my look quickly wanders away from the girl and I consider various reasons for her offering me the place. She might have offered... [Lire la suite]
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23 juin 2011

Pourquoi n'as-tu pas m'appellé?

  I am waiting on the platform and looking at the people inside the tram, that is about to depart in the other direction. Suddenly, a pretty girl, dressed in a “going out to have fun” outfit separates from her group and starts urgently knocking on the window, apparently trying to attract attention of someone on my side of the platform. At first, I think that she merely noticed a friend of hers. But when one of the guys standing nearby notices her, I realize, from the deepening blush on her face and from how frantically she... [Lire la suite]
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19 juin 2011

Contrasts

  Crowded tram on Sunday. A blue-eyed blond girl is playing with a thin pink scarf. She wraps it around her head and puts it over her face, leaving only her eyes – as if she is wearing hijab. Her father, sitting on the opposite seat, waves to her: “can you see me?” Both laugh. Next to them, on the other side of the tram, there are sitting a black couple with their children. Despite the heat, all of them are dressed in formal black, the man is even wearing a sweater behind his dress jacket. Perhaps, they are returning from... [Lire la suite]
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13 juin 2011

Drunk French

  Riding along the tram tracks is the mark of Bordeaux bicyclists. Riding on a sidewalk is prohibited (unlike in Israel), whereas riding in the driveway is suicidal (very much like in New York). The tram tracks, on the other hand, are just a part of the road where the cars are not allowed. I was warned more than once about the danger of driving along the tram tracks: first of all, it presents certain difficulty to leave them quickly when noticing an approaching tram. Secondly, the trams are quiet and the accidents when a... [Lire la suite]
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