March 09, 2011
View From My Hotel
As you can see, my view is spoiled by those giant corporations.
Tesco, on the left, attracts most of the footfall, and Asda, in prime position on the corner, comes a close second. In the middle is Lidl, and she doesn't get much business at all. Stunning, when you learn, (as I did), that all three sell fags, sweets, drinks, fags, phone cards, fags, nuts, fruit, fags, and fags. All of it is "Cheap-cheap, Monsieur!" the ladies tell me. I favour Lidl's because she doesn't get many nationals, never mind international customers. Plus, I always support the underdog.
I have seen dozens of multi-coloured lizards about 18" long but the buggers will not stand still long enough for me to take pictures.
I have seen one set of working traffic lights (which everyone ignores) in the whole city. The traffic flows beautifully. I think our problems in our cities is due to the active traffic lights. We should switch them all off. As my driver, Jonas, said to me this morning "Here, everybody assumes they have priority at all times and everybody respects that". It should be chaotic but it just isn't.
All in all, not a bad place to be. I am melting in the 34 degree heat but I am rehydrating with French beer and that old stand-by, Gordons gin. Smoking in bars is a pure delight. No-one complains. No fake coughs and no infantile hand-waving. Bliss!
Right, I'm off to hunt down some passive lizards for you....