Someone always has to bring you down.

Trip Start Apr 23, 2010
Trip End Jul 07, 2010

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Flag of France  , Provence,
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Why is it that when you start to feel good about yourself some bastard goes and brings you down?

I went to buy a large breadstick from the local patisserie but not knowing the correct name I assumed I could ask for “un grande baguette” and have a chance of getting the right thing.

Upon reaching the counter I asked for “ün grande baguette sil vous plait”.

The woman then proceded to give me a large breadstick AND a baguette.

At this stage I resorted to the stock standard reaction. Point and speak loudly to be understood.

“Non, just this one “, pointing to the big breadstick.

She then holds it up and says “an arrow”, which I interpret as the correct name of the large baguette.

“Oh, an arrow “, I repeat.

She says “oui”.

I hand over my money and get my change. Trying to increase my vocabulary at every chance, I memorise the name of the breadstick . To show my enthusiasm to learn the names of things I hold up the offending breadstick and say twice more to the woman “an arrow”, before saying ‘OK, bon”. I swear the woman mutters something under her breath as I finally leave saying ”au revoir”.

Getting back to the apartment I proudly show the others I have achieved another successful hunt and gather by holding the breadstick high and saying “an arrow”.

Before I can brag of learning a new word Jennie says to me in a tone suggesting curiosity at my enthusiasm, “Yeah, that’s what they charged me yesterday - UN EURO”.

In spite of the obvious impending consequences, I fessed up about my confusion over the name.

At least some things are certain in life. I was not spared any embarrassment or ridicule.

I have yet to return to face the “an arrow” lady to satisfactorily complete my humiliation.
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ian ran out of 'anonymous' puns on

Avignon was where a shopkeeper said to me pleading- 'please speak english!' ,after an encounter with my bad is only the brave who risk foolishness, though in the end you may be reduced like me to grunting only-'ici' and 'merci'

dodgy on

How are you settling back into normality? I'm just about over baguettes now. Still can't get enough of the cheese and other great food though.

Dagmar on

One Arrow please!!! I tied to buy one here, but it only cost me 69 cents.

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