0421 The Riots of Bagnolet (Fra 046â€”revisit)
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It doesnâ€™t take me long to get from Les Lilas to Bagnolet and things immediately go from boring to disturbingâ€¦
Thereâ€™s a burned and gutted truck on the side of the street-- and it looks like it happened very, very recentlyâ€¦On the other side, a bus stop is smashed and the glass is strewn all over the street and sidewalk. Thereâ€™s an eerie calm everywhere.
My first thought is, â€śwell, I am in the east suburbs-- maybe itâ€™s normal to burn a couple cars and smash a few windows every nightâ€¦â€ť But it seemed odd that nobody was doing anything to clean things upâ€¦ I went a bit further and looked into an apartment building parking lot-- it looked like every car in the lot had been lit on fireâ€¦
Something is definitely amiss in this townâ€¦
I quicken my pace a little bit.
I reach the shopping mall/bus terminal and decide to just take a video clip there under an underpassâ€¦ I might jump straight on a bus to somewhere, so I want to make sure Bagnolet is parkbenched before I goâ€¦
I reach the bus terminal and start looking over my options. Iâ€™d really like to explore my motherland, The
Maybe I should just head out to
Glancing through the bus timetable book an offer catches my eye: a 30 day bus passâ€¦
Suddenly I have an ideaâ€¦ what if I buy the pass and then just sleep on the bus every night, and wake up in a different country? With that pass Iâ€™d pay for my transportation and lodging for a whole month in one fell swoop!
But I had my doubtsâ€¦ This would mean that I would only visit one or two cities in each country-- the more touristy cities and that might vaccinate me against wanting to really explore the country. I mind end up saying â€śOK, Iâ€™ve parkbenched
I just sat in the waiting room for a couple hours, pondering on what to do.
But in the end, I just canâ€™t turn down the opportunityâ€¦ for months Iâ€™ve been trying to figure out away to explore
Besides, I hate to admit it, but I kind of would like to have something to boast about at the end of my trip. To say â€śI spent 2 months wandering around the suburbs of
So I fork over 410 Euros for the pass (itâ€™s more expensive because itâ€™s summertime) and make a reservation on the next bus to whereverâ€¦
And so I go from spending 9 days wandering from town to town on footâ€¦ to crisscrossing the entire continent of
But Iâ€™ve still got a couple of hours before my bus leaves, so letâ€™s got explore a few more suburbs, and maybe figure out whatâ€™s going on with all those burnt carsâ€¦