Trip Start Jul 19, 2009
160Trip End Oct 25, 2010
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Well now, what can I tell you?
When just making conversation I'd say the main topics would have to be weather, health and soccer.
The weather is always a good subject and a hot, or cold, item at the moment, as it is not behaving as it should in Europe.
'Extreme weather hits Europe' the headlines say, my cousin Sarah writes me from England:
'From drought to floods within weeks' adding wryly: 'I guess you wont be needing the paddling pool then....'
Having said that, I reckon most men are not that bothered right now as they are glued to the TV, totally absorbed by some soccer competition.
I'm sure I could happily serve Peter marinated dog food and he wouldn't even notice.
I might put that to the test, he wont find out till after the tournament when catching up with his reading. Could be quite amusing.
Anyway, I feign an interest in the games, as women do, asking the odd question to show, though I am not actually watching, it doesn't mean I am not aware of the gravity of it all.
I mean, England versus France, now where do your loyalties lie?
'What's the score?' I asked when venturing into the living room to pour myself a drink.
' 1 - 1' is the distracted answer.
'Who's ahead then?,' I say, equally distracted.
'I said: 1 - 1.'
Did I detect a hint of irritation?
'I'm not that deaf,' I replied indignantly, 'just wanted to know for which team.'
'1 - 1, that means it's equal!' he cries frustrated, then mutters under his breath,
'Not that deaf, but pretty dumb.'
'I heard that.' I said on my way out, thinking I might as well confiscate the bottle if that's what you get for your efforts.
However, it has its advantages, I could be dancing cheek to cheek with my French voisin bare foot amongst the wet poppies for all he cares. Nice thought, only he's watching soccer too.
Still, I can play mah jong on-line, for hours on end, without feeling guilty, and due to that, I have now been invited to join ranks with the elite, a guild called..., I forget, but something to do with victory and honour. I am not sure about victory but I'll do what I can to add to the honour.
"Honneur" the French say, but because of the silent H it sounds a bit like the Dutch word 'oneer' which means the opposite. Can be confusing.
I know this is supposed to be about travelling, but for the moment it will just have to do. Waiting for the rain to stop, I'll just gaze at the screens while the mind wanders off to places where the sun always shines...