Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Just another day at the "office"
Though the post office is now something that is no longer inutile, or useless, by bike sadly is. All excited to scoot through town on my new mode of transport, I forgot the fact that using a bike in certain parts is slower then just walking. When there are a group of oblivious tourists (for example, 50 Germans*, with walking sticks, like yesterday), by poor little bell does not do anything to move people out of the way. Now in the "bike rider" club, I commiserated with some other people who have bikes in town, who assured me the best way to move people is to kick them. I think they were kidding, but again, not sure. Robi explained to me that it is one of the great mysteries of tourists, who will walk directly at you as you are riding your bike, in the street, to work, and then seem shocked and confused when they arrive directly in front of your bike, and that they have to move. I do a mixture of riding and walking the majority of the time, still a little shaky on my new wheels, and now wanting to kick a German*. Even if it gets me to the new post office faster before work.
*My mother has informed me that my German-American father has taken offense to this. I do not mean any offense towards Germans. I was using them simply as an example, as they were the group I encountered in this specific example and the nationality can be substituted into any other one you'd like. Micronesians, even, we can use :)