In order to try and not stick out as the lost Scottish girl in the middle of Paris I’ve spent the last few days trying to assimilate to French society. While I am not quite at the stage where I can justify wearing onions around my neck and a baguette under one arm and respond to everything anyone ever says to me with the phrase “ooh la la”, I feel I have established the rules of the metro:
1. Don’t make eye contact with anybody
2. Don’t engage in conversation with anyone
3. Wear headphones whether you have music to listen to or not!
However, when I was waiting at La Defense station last night I noticed that everybody was unusually breaking all of these rules and were circled around a man singing and playing the guitar on the platform. With ten minutes to wait for my train, I too removed my headphones and found a space in the crowd between a homeless guy with no trousers and a very, very happy woman in a Jamaican rastacap singing along to every song. The musician was incredible and had everyone singing and dancing along.
As soon as I got home I looked up the musician on the internet and it turns out he is pretty well known and performs around the world, if you have a chance give him a listen: https://myspace.com/laurenthounsavi