A lot has happened in the last few days and I have been too busy, or too lazy to blog them. So, I will try to remember it all.
A couple of days ago Amy and I rode the tram to get her work permit. On the way, just before our stop we saw this old lady start to cross the tram tracks. The tram driver blew his whistle to let her know that crossing was not a good idea. All we could see was the ladies face, which was full of fright and then she disappeared from view. At the same time the tram slammed on it's breaks. A couple of people close to the door frantically beat on it to get it open while the driver hurried out of his seat. We thought this lady was surely ran over! When we got out of the tram the lady was laying a few feet from the tracks on the sidewalk obviously dazed. As it turned out she was not hit by the tram, but had been so frightened she slipped, fell and banged her head into a lamp post. Oddy enough, just before that awful sight I had been was standing in the front of the tram watching the driver and noticing how often people jump out in front of the tram to cross. Sometimes they fake a jump across only to stop, realizing it is too risky. I had just thought was a stressful job that must be to never know when someone is going to get hit. Then bam, someone almost does get nailed!
We went to the modern art museum a couple of days ago. In Strasbourg, museums are not free to attend. So we bought a pass that will get us into every museum in the city (there are several) for a year. It makes me feel high class to have a museum card. It is a very nice museum, and very "modern" arty. There were several exhibits that were absolutely hilarious. A table with rope and tools on it! Ooh, here's a trash can with authentic trash! Now that is art! Some of it was very cool and beautiful, some of it was just bizarre.
My friend Jamison has solicited me to take pictures for the French class in the high school where he works. It has been quite fun wandering around the city looking for cultural things that would be interesting for a high school class. One thing specifically asked for were scenes involving high school age children in daily life. That proved quite difficult since I do not actually know any people that age and they tend to not like foreign males, carrying digital cameras peeping into the public schools!
Last night we went to see some zombie movies at the local art house. We were supposed to see Return of the Living Dead and the original Romero version of Dawn of the Dead. The first film also had a short zombie film from Portugal. Then we found out that the print they had of Return of the Living Dead was Return of the Living Dead Part II. The man putting the zombie fest on, started to get the DVD version Part I, but decided he didn't have the rights to show it so we just watched part II. Now the original Return of the Living Dead is a very gorey, cheesy 80's zombie flick, and the sequel is about two steps below that! It was dubbed in French with no subtitles so I couldn't understand a word, but I really didn't need to! That one was shown in the basement of the theatre on a rather small screen, but Dawn of the Dead was shown in their main theatre which is a gorgeous old theatre with big red curtains and a balcony like the old theatres! It was quite cool, even if three zombie movies in one night is way too much.
Today we went to church in Germany. So the entire service was in German and then translated into French. Two languages and I still couldn't understand it! The Germans were very nice and most of them actually spoke English so we were able to visit a good while.