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2nd-Nov-2006 02:13 pm


So I am sitting on the subway reading The Little Prince, when this man comes into the cart and sits down opposed to me. He is talking loudly into his cell phone in some Eastern European language. Usually I would be bothered, but his voice is actually kindof nice and I end up enjoying it. After he ends his phone call nothing really happens for a few minutes, until he suddenly starts talking to the African woman sitting beside me. Oh so they know eachother, I think. But then I realise that she's just as surprised as me, and that no he's just talking to her anyway. OK. She doesn't seem to mind, and she talks back as well. He talks about when he lived in London and South Africa and all these places. He asks her if she is from Ethiopia, but no, she's from Ghana. Then he tells her that Sweden is no good for immigrant people, and that Norway is a lot better. I tell him that I'm Norwegian and that things are pretty much the same. Well I have to get off here he says and he gets up and says bye to us. The Ghana woman says take care, and then he leaves.

Anyway The Little Prince is a very good book, and I know that my Dad would have loved it. I wish I could read it in French.
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2nd-Nov-2006 01:19 pm (UTC)
Oooh.
I'm reading Le Petit Prince right now.
It's in French :D

I love it, though.
2nd-Nov-2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
I don't know French :(
2nd-Nov-2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
Those little interactions are the best. Finding a connection like that in such a huge place is really comforting, personally. Mine happened on a plane to the States. I was travelling alone, and the stewardess, for no reason, told me there was a vacancy in First Class (I was in Economy). I went up (the plane had two levels!) and my seat was beside this old lady. When she finally woke up, we talked about her family and the economy and everything in between. She was the most amazing woman I ever met. Then, when I got off to take a connecting flight, she said goodbye and good luck. I don't remember anything about her. She was amazing.
2nd-Nov-2006 07:41 pm (UTC)
Sometimes being amazing doesn't really take all that much :)
2nd-Nov-2006 03:15 pm (UTC) - Andreas of Sweden
Anonymous
I wish I had the gutts to talk to unknown people on the subway etc. =)
2nd-Nov-2006 07:41 pm (UTC) - Re: Andreas of Sweden
It would improve the atmosphere if more people did...
2nd-Nov-2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
I've only been on the Subway in NYC 3 or 4 times it's scary...lol
2nd-Nov-2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
Haha why?
(no subject) - Anonymous
2nd-Nov-2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
What did she say?
(no subject) - Anonymous
2nd-Nov-2006 07:43 pm (UTC) - Re: Randomly Appearing...
Haha that is really cute.
2nd-Nov-2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Last year I had a really long conversation with an elderly gentleman while waiting for the streetcar in the cold. :D

He told me about his life, it was awesome just getting a peek into how someone else lived so long ago!
2nd-Nov-2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
What cars aren't streetcars?
2nd-Nov-2006 05:46 pm (UTC)
mhm what a funny story.
i like it when it comes to such random conversations though i am not the kind of guy who talks spontaneously to everybody about everything. maybe its a german behaviour :)?! you know what? we walk through the streets every morning, we see people in the subway, in the bus, at work. everytime the same faces. they go along with us every day. but we dont know them. and when we leave our everyday surrounding after a while we start to miss it. its a miracle!
2nd-Nov-2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Sweden is the same really. But this little episode didn't feature any Swedes ;)
2nd-Nov-2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
I read that book in French at highschool :D

I must read it again!
2nd-Nov-2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oui!
2nd-Nov-2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I do believe that those interactions are great opportunities to change something about our ordinary life... to change the course of things to kome.. and i love to be an spectator of these little "movies".. but when it comes to happen to me.. when i'm the one involved in the interaction i tend not to be as open as i think i am... i'm just polite... but like not interested about what a stranger has to say... almost like scared...

ps: some-days ago i asked you for some advice through flickr mail... if you haven't opened the account.. please do it.. thanxxx
2nd-Nov-2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Eeeep I'm so sorry! I'll go reply right away :)
2nd-Nov-2006 08:37 pm (UTC)
I love when strangers talk to eachother.
I saw a girl this morning who had the most gorgeous red hair, and so I told her so.
We spent the next 15 minutes talking, and found we shared quite a few of the same interests. We even ended up exchanging contact information so we could meet for coffee sometime in the future.
A friend of mine says I must have never been told not to talk to strangers as a child, because I always do.
Granted things are a bit different since I'm on a college campus, but people are still pretty reluctant to talk to eachother unless you share a class or something.
The way I see it is, if you never talk to anyone you don't know, how will you ever know anyone.
2nd-Nov-2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
Awh I wish I too had met the redhead. And you.

Poke me on aim will ya?
2nd-Nov-2006 11:18 pm (UTC)
I really liked the photo and the story.
I usually get sidetracked with paragraphs that long.
Good news, good news.
3rd-Nov-2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)

Hhaha yeah I never write that long. Well almost never :P
3rd-Nov-2006 01:40 am (UTC)
how fluent is your french?
3rd-Nov-2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
I can understand some French, but that's about it.
(no subject) - Anonymous
3rd-Nov-2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
Awesome :D
3rd-Nov-2006 08:50 am (UTC)
the little prince is one of my key texts - it contains almost all there is to get to know me. I give it to people when we beging friendships and relationships - they may not get it, but they have their chance, and I do, which is why I give it.

and yeah, your pa would have got it.
3rd-Nov-2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah he would have.
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