Monday, 19 November 2007

More Strike

The crowd is waiting for the Metro at Charles de Gaule Etoile at about 9:30 this morning. Fewer trains are running, so at times, there is a mass of people waiting to get on when the metro does finally arrive. It's kind of tricky getting on, but everyone was calm, no pushing, no frantic words or anything. You should have heard the silence as we waited for the train. Not a peep out of anyone. Kind of eerie.


Laura B said...

Oh, my. That crowd is enormous. If that were NYC, you would hear stories about people being killed trying to get on the train when it finally did arrive. I do hope the strike finishes up soon, for everyone's sake! I'm coming to Paris next week to stay for two months. I am so glad I discovered your blog, as I have really been enjoying reading about your adventures (and keeping posted about the strike!).

dryanna said...

Thanks for your comments! I know, the contrast with what people waiting in line for a train in NYC would be like is funny.

Although, last night my brother and sister-in-law didn't even board a bus because it was so crowded, and actually did turn into a screamfest. Two nights before that they were told mid bus ride that they had to get out (everyone on the bus). It turns out there was a big demonstration, and the bus could go no further.

Exciting times here in Paris. Maybe it'll be over when you're here. The up side to the transport strike is that the metros are free. The gates are open and you can pass freely into the station with no ticket.