Monday, January 28, 2008

About Cars and Ducks

No, no. I didn’t buy myself a Citroen 2CV, also known in many European countries as “The Duck”.

Actually, I sold my car last week. Yes, I finally did it – not that I liked to do so, but I had to. She was a 1994 years old red Mazda 323i (sorry, could only find a white one) and has been my 4-wheel companion for the past 8 years. It might not me much to you, but she has never let me down - with the exception of these past few months, and only because she was stuck in the garage, unused for weeks on end. You see, I don’t live far enough from work to get a parking space there, so I’ve been forced to use the tram. *sigh* I’ll miss her. But the costs, I won't miss (garage rent, road tax, insurances, maintenance, etc.) Luckily, the public transport systems here are really efficient, but not very practical when you have tons of stuff to carry. However, I think I’ll join the Mobility car sharing. I hear it works quite well. You know, just for the times where I need a car and OX is travelling.

Last Saturday was absolutely gorgeous: Sunny, no wind and about 7°C (45°F). So right after the groceries, we decided to take a walk. Since we live pretty much at the end of town, we walked towards the village, then took a right, then a left, crossed the main road, and zigzagged our way trough unknown territory of a town we’ve been living in for 3 ½ years!! We even crossed the highway without really realizing it (we crossed it over a tunnel so that we couldn’t hear the traffic). Then we passed what looked like a mini-petting zoo with deer, goats, a few exotic birds, ducks and geese. Not very thrilling all in all, but this one duck and goose sure got our attention.

This one duck really went crazy in his little pond. He literally kicked the others out. Unfortunately, our camera is not fast enough to catch all these moments, but it was really entertaining to watch. Then he really went wacko: Swimming after his tail, diving, swimming under water real fast, then jumping out of the pond as if the devil were after him, then spreading his wings as if threatening an invisible something.



He even managed to scare the whole bunch away! What did they feed this duck?!?! Speed?







Mr. (I think) Goose was quite the opposite: Fat (or should he look like that??), lazy and loved being the centre of attention. See how he posed for us.


Believe it or not, we walked/were out for two and a half hours. I think we’ll be repeating this walk whenever the weather allows. We ended the evening chilling out on the couch with homemade lasagne.

Ain’t life sometimes a bitch? ;)

11 comments:

PFlight2000 said...

Mobility is great! I've been using it for the past two years now, and I didn't have any problem - except that sometimes when you try to place a reservation too late there might be no car available in the closer area.

swenglishexpat said...

A walk always does you good, especially if the weather is nice. As for the birds, well, being held in captivity makes creatures go to extremes sometimes. How would I react? Go nuts or give up and go fat?!

CanadianSwiss said...

pflight: That's also what I've heard, but I would usually know pretty much in advance. BTW, thanks for the visit :)

Swenglish: You're right, but somehow, he reminded me of when our cat had his 5 minutes of crazyness ;) LOL! I'd probably go fat AND nuts!

Jay said...

Gotta love those duck photos.

Expat Traveler said...

CS - by the way, pflight is actually a person I've met and lived at his house while in Switzerland..

I'm glad to hear you've sold the car. On the other hand, I'm in the market to buy. Just can't justify the 1.5 hrs to get to the other side of town any more...

And the walk, well I love the photos!

We got snow just after....

Expat Traveler said...

lol - I think that first comment sounds bad... Pflight is a good friend of mine who will eventually be coming to visit me... how about that.. laughs more...

CanadianSwiss said...

Jay: I know my Dad will.

ET: Had I only known that you needed a car! On the other hand: to send it would have cost more than the car is worth! LOL.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Oh, poor you having to sell your beloved car. I hope he went to a good and loving home. I know that it's probably so much better to walk or take the tram or bus, but I couldn't do without my car. However, I walk everywhere in town, unless I have to carry heavy grocery shopping home, and there are no trams or buses that I can catch.... N America is so used to driving everywhere!

Ginnie said...

Duck duck goose! Gotta love them, CS! So sorry you had to lose your faithful companion, but it sounds like you had no other choice. At least you have the public transportation, as we do in AMS. Speaking of which, I can hardly wait.

Ex-Shammickite said...

CS: Just to let you know I am now a "Nana"! My gorgeous grandson came into this world yesterday morning, and not without a long struggle to get here.
He's beautiful.
There are pictures on my blog, when you have time.

Ex-Shammickite said...

Thanks for your comment, little Callum is already giving his Mummy and Daddy sleepless nights and they're not even out of the hospital yet! I know I'm going to enjoy being "Nana" to this sweet little boy (as long as I can give him back to his parents when the visit is over!). :-)