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02 November 2006 @ 10:00 pm
...for a seller of stoves  
Today we bought a new stove (to replace the waterlogged old one) from a man selling all sorts of electrical items out of a shop on Belleville. I entered with a rose, and was immediately transfixed by a wall of televisions broadcasting video-clips of East-European pop ballads - all close-ups of teeth, doves and hair in slow motion. But I snapped out of my reverie in time to take the stove from the salesman: it was the display item that he sold us, wrapped in nothing more than an oversized plastic bag. Our hands fumbled over themselves as he passed on the bag. Then, when the transaction was over, I gave the man a rose. At that moment a little person who had been hovering beside the counter burst into shrill laughter that kept reverberating as we walked out of the store.
thiel on November 3rd, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
Re: I always wonder...
How did you find yourself so far away from home?

I spent a year studying medieval literature at the University of York, England. During that year I met my boyfriend, French, with whom I am now living in Paris.

Are you traveling only Europe or other continents as well?

I had already spent some time visiting countries in Asia, so this trip is all about Europe, I guess, with a couple of side-trips to the United States. We'll be heading to Australia for three months on Tuesday.

Have you been to Sweden yet?

No, but I did visit Norway, a few months ago...

Thanks for you interest!