Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful.
It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom.
He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically,
but almost with pleasure.

Aldous Huxley

Monday, October 20, 2008

Chinese Funeral Ceremony

Yesterday I found this small video that I had taken during my bicycle trip in Shanxi province, China. So I put it here because I think the music is very cool, even though it was a very sad moment for others. It's also interesting to see the different habits for funeral ceremony.
For example the previous night night fireworks had been blowing up everywhere in the town, right in the middle of the streets... So I first thought that it was for a party of something the like, but no. It was the friend and brothers of the former who were making noise so everyone would be aware of what had happened. Yet it seems that people take death differently in the Chinese countryside, since poor working condition (specially with coal handling) make it happen quite more often that what we are used to.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Yellow Bicycle!

Yesterday I went mad again. My tire exploded while I was going through McGill University, and I then had to spend my whole Friday night at the Concordia Uni bike coop to get the stuff fixed. So as I was saying (or more accurately writing) I went mad at the damn bike and almost went to a bike shop ready to spend 500$ on a new 2 wheels machine. But then I though that 5and 00$ might be a lot of money, so I bought paint instead, along with a new hippo bell and handlebar band. And I painted. And now my bike is the most beautiful thing in the world, after my girlfriend and I, of course. And my new apartment to which I'm moving the 1st of November.
Yeah, that's how fascinating is my life nowadays. School work and yellow colour. Amazingly fascinating would be more appropriate as a matter of fact. Or factual matter, which combined with anti-matter and robust hippos can be very nice.

Yes I painted the balcony floor. But it''s ok, because my bicycle is so beautiful anyways...

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fall is Falling into the wise wisdom of darkness...

Last week end my girlfriend and I went on a bicycle stroll qround Montréal, trying to fight a bit the depression of mid-terms and nasty autumn. So we followed the bike paths of Le Plateau, equiped with our respective camera, ready to take pictures of everything pretending to be photographs. But I saw quite a lot of people doing the same so at least we are not the only one. Then I realized that every films is kind of blurred, and the pictures have a strange grain on them... sad, terrible, and agnostic.
Indeed, we biked! Beyond dead leaves and crooked sidewalks, we biked. What an amazing experience! The way pedals go round and round will always fascinate me. Yet for the conservative mind who may soon loose an election, things don't go that round! Ha.
So, appart my metaphoric experiences, I also took useless pictures. Above is the Boulangerie Mr Pinchot, where the masses gather on dirty evenings of afternoons. The kind suddenness of things rencently over-spured me in such a fashion that I nearly lost my senses, but in fact no. The Bell of the Lilliput is ringing, and we all know what it means.

The Laurier/St Laurent firemen station !!!