My entry for the Through Your Eyes contest. I just loved the theme the minute i read the description. I use the bus everyday and the main reason i like my going through the city by means of public transport is the people. There is like this secret quiet agreement that noone is to watch, stare, pay attention to noone. It is like watching the backstage of a show when everyone is taking their costumes off, it's when you see the real people and i love these moments so much.
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
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