Remember my recent post about strikes all across France? (if you hadn’t read it yet, click here) Well, I got the VIP experience today.
Yes, electronics can be an addiction nowadays, but there are just some days when you tend to forget about them. I casually walked out of my house this morning holding an oreo cupcake in my hand without realizing that my phone was NOT IN MY POCKET. Only when I got in the car and we were already a few streets away from home did it strike me that I left it lying on my bed.
Normally it wouldn’t be such a big problem, I just couldn’t send and receive messages for the entire day, that’s all. But today was the day I specifically needed my phone because when I got off the student bus, headed towards the public bus stop and waited almost half an hour without a sign of any bus passing by, I needed to call my host mom. Unfortunately I did not have family member phone numbers written somewhere on a piece of paper. I started to contemplate on ways to solve this huge problem.
I was basically stranded fifteen minutes car distance away from home on a raining evening without any way to contact anyone. I thought about asking around for the nearest police station, but didn’t want to cause such a big scene just because I couldn’t get home at the moment. Randomly stopping a car and hitchhiking? Way too dangerous. It seemed to me that there was only one more solution left – walk.
So I began to follow the bus route and went bus stop hopping. When I came to the stop in front of the city hall I spotted Le Paris cinema right across the street. Then an idea hit me – I could go inside and find the owner of the cinema to call my parents, because my parents participate in multiple religious activities and playing a christian film once a month at this cinema was one of them. The owner recognized me and tried calling my host dad, but unfortunately it went directly to voicemail because he was working on a business trip.
By then the situation didn’t seem that horrible anymore – even if neither of my parents could come pick me up immediately, at least I had a nice indoor place to wait. However, I still preferred getting home as soon as possible, or else my host family would start to worry and maybe even freak out when I don’t pick up my phone.
Then my luck came – the owner of the cinema turned towards the snack bar where a young man was just finishing up some work and asked him if he could drive me home. It was very nice and generous of him to agree to it and I was officially saved for the day.
On our way we talked a lot. He was very interested in the whole exchange student thing, and we also talked about cultural differences. “Alsace (a French region) is the real France,” he said to me. I replied that visiting Strasbourg was already on my bucket list and I hope to cross it off soon.
So thank you, S, for being my
knight in shining armor savior in a nice car.
“Knight in shining armor” is amazing XD Stikes are common in Italy too but I’ve been lucky up to now 🙂
Lovely blog 😀
Bye from Kama! ❤
LOL! However these strikes really do cause some trouble… Are you an Italian on exchange in Japan?
Yes I’ll leave for Japan in August 😀
FrinaKama is about me and my best friend who goes to Sweden, we created the blog yesterday so we’re still developing it, later it will be more clear XD
Can’t wait to read your posts! Exchange year will be the best time of your life 😉