|At the bus stop|
So, I’m having this internal dialogue while I’m waiting for a bus to take me to old Nice. Then, I start thinking, what if I get on the wrong bus? (I had asked the hotel staff which bus to take, but the bus they told me to take is not listed)? My time is limited. I’m only in Nice for a day, I want to make the most of my time, and I don’t want to end up somewhere I don’t want to be. Standing next to me was a diminutive and fashionable (Everyone in France it seems is fashionable, it’s something to see) grandmotherly woman. I approached the woman and explained in French that I spoke a little French and I was trying to get on the correct bus to old Nice. Amazingly, the woman understood me and told me the correct bus number; bus #52 and amazingly I understood her, for she spoke no English. We were quite the pair, my new friend spoke no English and I spoke little French. The bus stop where we were waiting was a busy one and many busses serviced this stop. Anytime a bus would pull in, my new friend would look at me, wave her tiny hand with a slightly bent index finger extended and would say, “Non.” This went on for sometime. Then, when bus #52 finally approached, my friend looked at me, smiled, extended her slightly bent index finger in the direction of the bus and said, “Voila.” I thanked her and I was on my way.
After a couple of more hours of exploring, I decided it was time to head back to my hotel so that I could get ready for the evening. I was getting hungry and I found a hole in the wall shop that served delicious chicken shwarma sandwiches, nice. I then went to the bus depot, found the bus for St. Laurent, and headed back.
I got back to my hotel room and as I was getting ready for the evening, I was thinking about the day and how everything went down. I was glad that I decided to venture out and not let fear inhibit me. I enjoyed speaking the little bit of French that I know, encountering many helpful people, and having the opportunity to check out and explore a new city. And as always, I learned some things about myself throughout the course of the day. It was a good day!