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yes, sauseschritt escaped the complete entropie in paris and could make it to vienna and turino. after two hours of useless waiting for the airfrance bus (which officially was NOT on strike) three South Corean girls and myself conquered a taxi to give us a ride to the airport.
paris followed me to central europe. in his cold, empty and very uncomfortable vienna appartment sauseschritt started to read geert maks book: in europe. travels through the twentieth century and found the following text on paris:

(...) In Paris, even the ordinary is often impressive. That applies particularly to the city´s public transportation system (...) Every detail speaks of the unparalleled feeling for quality: the automatic ticket system, the uniform prices, the clear signposting, the high frequency of departures, the seeming effortless, with which the trains rocket these thousands of people through the city. You rarely see anyone running for a train: the next one will be coming in two or three minutes. One seldom feels unsafe: there are always people around, every corner is put to good use. And only very rarely is one ever tempted to go by car: nothing can equal the speed, for example, of the RER connection between the EiffelTower and Versailles. And most amazing of all is that the system has been running exactly this way for many years, as though it is the most normal thing in the world. If you want to catch a glimpse of the future, you need only travel around Paris one afternoon (...)

well, not only that the gentleman writing this nonsense did not have any idea of the public transportation strikes of 2006 and 2007, he also seemed to be blank of any real time experiences in paris metro and rer. petite anglaise has, definitely!

and finally, sauseschritt remembers what happened on gare du nord this summer, when police fought black youngsters and blocked the station until late midnight:

 

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