Etikettarkiv: Metro

Sudden death

To wish people to die a sudden death in Covid related sickness is not a nice thing, I am aware of that, but seriously… We hit almost 85.000 new cases yesterday and this stupid stupid woman (girl), with a runny nose enters the train, pull the hood up and mask down.

reintroduce pillory please

Björn

When things bugs you

Some mornings things gets on your nerves more than usual and today is one of those days.

I am so sick of RATP bus drivers letting people on the buses without paying! Yes I know if they protest the bus will be late and if they protest they might not be safe but as said… Some days it bugs me more than others. And mainly when young guys, with no reason for not paying enters in a pack and just don’t care.

Or when a group of so called “Syrian Family” (even if it sounds more like they speak Romanian than arabic) takes the last bus from the city out to St Ouen’s tent camps.

It’s, like today, a blood pressure moment.

So more controls on the buses please cause in the Metro they check more than what might be necessary.

Björn

Summer – drink water

The so called African Heat already in Paris and the Swedish News are full of it. Panic! Thank you Greta Thunberg. It’s not unheard of weeks with tropical nights in Sweden. I remember many summer nights when people sleep on their balconies and that was way before Greta entered the scene.

In any case, this is kind of 1000 times better than -40 and winter so enjoy it while it last. Myself, I am terrible when it comes to drinking enough water during heat waves and that’s why I always have a kidney stone attack a few weeks after some time in warm weather, and I expect the same now in France.

It works during weekends, at home, then I drink so much Perrier that the trip to the supermarket carrying it home is an work out on its own merits. But in the week… No… I do’t know why, but I can’t drink when I’m not thirsty.

Enjoy,

Björn

Why do RATP HAte me?

The perfect route, the perfect bus No 81 is cancelled from the 20th of April 2019. How can they do this to me? Its the best bus line ever. Takes you direct to, or close to all places you want to go in all Paris and most important you do not need to take Metro Ligne 13

2019 is a bad year – “I hate my life so all the pretty things must die” ou “Je déteste ma vie donc toutes les jolies choses doivent mourir ” (so very Google translated)

Björn

windy city

This morning Paris turned Chicago and went 100% Windy City. The so called “GatuPratare” outside work was for sure not standing up and I still do not know if the flag on the building where I work was taken down by the staff or if it actually blow away. I was lucky enough to not enter into the Ligne 13 later this morning cause when the weather is bad all the people takes the Metro.

Björn

Monday, Tuesday….

When do people work?

OK, it is a fact that the working hours in France in major different from the Swedish one. In Sweden we start earlier to be able to go home before the evenings get to dark, and yes there is as always not applicable to the service sector.

In France you begin later, have lunch later and work kind of forever. Still after three years those facts still makes me wonder how the French have time for anything, but fact is I’m the strange bird here. And after years raise up early and be able to have hours after work to do things is kind of in my genes, I am more productive in the mornings than in the evenings. A situation my more South European co-workers don’t agree with at all. Culture differences raised from the sun raise and set. With the French way of living a Sweden would never see the sun, EVER.

BUT one thing is the same in both Sweden and France.

  • Monday morning, not chaos in the Metro or buses, there are people but as a commuter you do not feel the need to fight for your right to take a place on the commute alternative of your choice.
  • Tuesday, what? Is it a holiday? Why is the Metro empty? Why is it only Japanese tourist? Yes the Japanese tourists start early here in Paris, while Tuesdays in Stockholm have the same feeling but without the early bird tourists.
  • Wednesday, OK, what happened now? Why is all of Paris suddenly on their way to work at this hour? Your choice is to either piggyback or by force rip off your co-commuters backpacks (still one of my favorite French words: “SACK-A-DOOOO”, of course you say it tilting your head and face the moon like a wolf). Why on Wednesdays? And it’s the same in Stockholm.
  • Thursday, more or less like Wednesdays but with some luck depending on the time between buses and metro there are if not empty carriages at least with some room and no need to fight for your life to get on.
  • Friday, not a soul… Empty. And I understand this in Sweden since so many office workers for some reason always feel the need to work from home cause they need to concentrate, ON FRIDAYS. But in France not so many have the possibility to work from home and to believe they by choice start later on Fridays so they can get home later is kind of not a believable option. So what are people doing on Friday’s if not working? Cause the way home is the same if you compare it to other weekdays, not many people on the bus or metro. Maybe people take their car to work on Fridays to get home faster, but since the rush hour in Paris or Stockholm don’t offer the option to get to work or home fast don’t think so.

In any case, it’s a thing Paris and Stockholm have in common and I am equal surprised of it.

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Björn

The beauty of Saint-Michel

Saint-Michel

Meeting up with friends for a brunch, dinner or just a drink in the Paris areas you not usually visit bring you to areas you only can dream of from a apartment point of view.

Saint-Michel is not a new area to me, visiting Paris in the 80s I always tried to stay around Saint-Michel but since I moved here Im not there that often. Just happened twice in soon 3 years. Shameful.

But it is an amazing area.

Björn

Metro II

Paris Metro del 2

En utlovad fortsättning om livet med Metro i Paris. Jag skrev att jag skulle återkomma i ämnet att “gå av en fransk tunnelbana vagn” så jag får väl hålla mig till den uppgiften.

Som redan nedpräntat så är inte parisarens första prioritet att stiga åt sidan i den franska Metron. Det gäller även när man ska av, trots det har jag bara lyckats med konsten att inte komma av där jag ska och få åka tillbaka en station vid ett enda tillfälle.

Man lär sig efter hand att försöka manövrera sig i position en till två stationer innan man ska av, om det går. Boende efter ligne 13, min linje, har oftast problemet med att det inte går att manövrera sig någonstans, det är knökfullt. Så från de första månaderna med ett svensk pipigt “ursäkta” lär man sig att det är ett rätt högt “Pardon” som fixar skivan och man kommer av. Ja, det kan behövas en tre – fyra stycken innan någon får för sig att lyfta ett ögonbryn och inse fakta. Svårast att flytta på är de passagerarna som står närmast utgången, dvs de som enkelt borde kunna ta ett steg ut ur vagnen och lämna lite plats.

Man möts också, vilket Stockholms T-Bana är rätt bra på också, en ström av påstigande innan de avstigande ens lyckats kliva ur. Här förstår jag det lite mer än i Stockholm eftersom dörrarna är öppna betydligt kortare tid än i Sverige. Förarna står inte direkt utanför och har koll på vad som händer heller.

Vill man nu undvika trängseln rekommenderas linje 1, riktigt luftigt och befolkat mest av turister med tanke på sträckningen.

Låt nu inte detta avskräcka er från ett Parisbesök, Paris är ljuvligt, inklusive de som bor här.

Björn