Now this should need an explanation because i'm not sure how and if it translates in english. When a bus/train/metro etc is so full of people that not a needle can drop, in greek we call it the sardine box. I always found the phrase funny. With that out of the way
Reader: Caucasian female in her 30's with a cute short hairstyle, sitting in the middle of a double bus, leaning forward engrossed in her book not paying the single attention to the asphyxiatingly packed bus in the late noon.
Reading: Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins. I was reading the same book that time and i easily recognised the cover haha
I came across this scene in my last year of highschool when i was returning from school after an awfully full day late in the evening. I've never been to such a full bus and it's an experience i don't want to repeat. But this girl just struck me. She was sitting at the edge of her seat, squeezed by the standing people around her, smiling to herself not giving a single damn about anything around her. I was impressed at how committed she was to the book and during the whole road i just wanted to go and tell her how awesome she and her taste in literature was. I didn't in the end being the socially awkward person i am today.
As a side note Tom Robbins is one of my favourite authors and Another Roadside Attraction holds a special place in my heart because of the tackling of some religious issues (hence the halo) but mostly because in the greek translation, the title sounds like a bad mexican soap opera
Halo brush from
And the drawing style for the sardines is so funny! ^^
The phrase is not that common in Greece either come to think of it. My mom uses it very often, so i guess it stuck.
Anyways, thank you and i'm glad you enjoy my work
I’m glad you changed your mind. Your description really helped me overcome the culture divide. Since I live in a small town and never had to take public transportation, it allowed me to understand what it’s like in a “sardine box” and see your illustration as more than just a lovely picture.
On top of that, I think the artist opinion is usually more interesting than anybody else’s anyway.
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in Syria we call this situation "a jar of pickles"