Post by existentialcrisis on Dec 13, 2009 13:21:48 GMT
Speaking of garbage, wanted to ask our UK members... ok so... when I stayed in London, I stayed in a hotel in Picadilly Circus which featured an airplane-like bathroom. In the middle of the night, the garbage/recycling trucks would come by and they were SO LOUD! Torture. I ended up getting a bad cold by the time we got to Paris (another bad Paris story) from being woken up so much in London. Is this normal? Just cus I've heard some comments on here about recycling trucks from our UK members...
Post by existentialcrisis on Dec 17, 2009 9:41:36 GMT
Since they installed televisions in this building, I've enjoyed the steady TV buzz on my lonely nights ... lately they've all been on the channel with the fire burning and Christmas carols playing. I've turned up the volume tonight so try and get in the Christmas spirit, since decorations are lacking in Calgary - especially after seeing those beautiful lights in Paris!
Wandering around the Champs Elysées at lunchtime, I realize how many different languages that I hear -- plenty of German, Italian and Japanese at the moment. There will probably be a huge mix of nationalities between Christmas and New Year's.
Laughed my fool head off as I received a Christmas card from the "grass cutters from hell',the crew that comes and makes really bad noise on my block, on an every other week basis. Mind you,they do not cut my grass,but,obviously must know how much I loathe their presence. Either they have an equally twisted sense of humor or think my grass(of which there is very little)needs tending. ;D
It's 2:45 a.m. here, and very quiet. Except for the whirr of the computer and the ticking of a nearby clock, all I hear is the mournful meowing of two kitties who are locked in separate rooms because they have been spatting.
I often listen to the free radio station, Pandora.com on my computer as I surf the net (Do they still say that, ?) Otherwise I hear traffic in a small downtown city going by my windows, not so annoying as it is when I have the windows open in warm weather. When the temps are up, I have to bear witness to the truly aggravating sound of the incessant motorcycles and loud trucks revving it up as they go across the bridge just outside my 7th floor windows. The sound seems to be amplified by the structures on the bridge and the water beneath it.
I also have the county emergency squad about a mile away to the south and the fire and police department about 3/4 mile away to the north, so sirens are also a way of life here too.
However, I like it when the occasional freight train goes rumbling by on the tracks that run parallel to the river. I grew up hearing trains go by and I find it soothing and comforting.
Last Edit: Dec 28, 2009 16:36:39 GMT by paristraveler