Route De Rock

Trip Start May 25, 2009
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

St Malo

I did something very out of character in St Malo. I went to a music festival. Now lets state some facts. My favourite radio station is Bob Rogers, Easy 1170 (AM) and I like the Beach Boys and Creedence Clear Water Revival. I was not looking forward to going to this French Rock festival....

However, I went with an open mind and a positive attitude...  Yes I didn't know the bands, but I had a good time mixing with French people. I had to work there 2 days in order to get free entry accommodation, etc, and I was cleaning dishes in the VIP section. Which basically meant I was cleaning the bands dishes. I got free drinks and when I was working I got free white wine. I was always cleaning dishes drunk. I don't know how good a job I did!! But I was the number dish washer there! I think I was so good because the 1 hour induction session was all in French and I just stood there nodding my head and smiling.

I had an all access pass. So I could go back stage, anywhere I wanted. It was weird because I would be talking to people and then an hour later I would look at the big screen and they would be playing.

The festival was probably better than expected because I was drunk most of the time. You can be into anything when your drunk. It wasn't really a rock festival I thought. It went from slow pop sort of stuff to weird French trance music at night.

I also didn't mind that the accommodation was camping when I got there. I just slept in a friends tent on the ground with “an old coat for a pillow, and the earth was last nights bed” - Bon Jovi – Some French guy called Bert, who I called Bert Newton (no one got that joke but me) gave me his blanket as it got quite cold at night.

Got to go to Saint Malo in the day time and jump of a big diving platform. It was only 5 meters but it felt about 20. The festival was in the St Malo area, but in some sort of old fort. St Malo was a 20 minute bus trip away.

In order to get home from St Malo I had to pay 200 bucks for a first class ticket back to Paris.   As everything was sold out. Or I could wait for 6 hours and get a train for 150 bucks. Considering it was a 3 hour journey, that is a lot. I had a 4 day hangover and didn't care. I think I am still recovering from it all.

Ive made some stereotypes of French people in my head now that I will now list. Which may offend French people.

French don't mind sharing glasses/drinks – It seems to me once a French person has introduced themselves they will think nothing of taking a drink out of your glass or bottle. Ive started to get used to this. And, now drink in secret. I don't think they have heard about Tuberculosis here. haha

French don't queue for anything – It's true this one. They don't wait for you to get off the metro and you often have to force your way off. Getting the bus back to festival from St Malo was a nightmare. There were 200 people trying to get on a bus ever 20 minutes. No line, nothing... I cracked it and gave up and watched the sunset.

French don't get any reference to any movie/tv show ever
– This may not be true. But, so far any kind of movie reference has fallen on deaf ears. Even if they have seen ever episode of a show. Saying Legendary just gets a blank look....  Or this sand is everywhere!... nothing...

French bring their dogs to anything and everything
– This stereotype is absolutely true and I love it. I guy brought his dog to the festival. Poor dog... People take their dogs on the metro, on long distance trains, to the hairdressers, to get groceries, in the restaurant and even to the movies! However, you need to watch where you walk because there is dog crap everywhere on the street.

All French people smoke – This is an obvious exaggeration but is somewhat true so far for me. Every single person I have met has smoked. Except for one guy with a heart condition. I feel weird for not smoking... There doesn't seem to be any anti-smoking advertisements anywhere and they don't seem to understand that smoking is very bad for you! My body is not used to so much smoke after so many years of no-one smoking at all. It's like its 2002 again. Coming back from the workers club smelling like an ash tray.

To French people, drinking beer is like drinking girly drinks
– Everytime I drink anywhere people think I am strange for only drinking beer. “You are not drinking red wine?” “Nah, just beer” Then they will make some remake about me being weak only drinking beer, which they consider a starter drink.


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