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Today I stumbled upon a demonstration again. I’d been walking around Bas Belleville looking for the spot where the last barricade of the Commune de Paris had been finally defeated.
When I think about it, one of my favourite things to do in Paris is to hang out in squares (public gardens) after school time.
Today I was making another attempt on getting a bike. I tried yesterday, at a one-off bicycle market arranged by Mieux se déplacer à bicyclette utside the church Saint Sulpice (between St. Germaine des-Prés and Jardin du Luxembourg, south of the river). But it was too orderly organised for my taste – or patience – with tickets, queuing and waiting, so I didn’t bother.
-or maybe I should say Salaam Aleikum in appreciation of Ramadan, which began a few days ago.
Finally it seems like I’m getting the online diary from my east Paris fieldwork up and going. For the next six weeks I’m settled in an Art Déco building in the hill of Ménilmontant. (Fieldwork will continue for eight more months, from a flat in the neighbouring area Charonne, right on the other side of the famous cemetery Père Lachaise).