|Metro Line 4 - Suspicious package at Cite, traffic is interrupted|
between Chatelet and Odeon
For the past couple of weeks, I've been wondering when or how I'll know that I've moved beyond the stage of "newbie in Paris" to something more substantial, something that says that I've reached a higher level as a city dweller.
And I think that I may have found the perfect litmus test - my reaction to the message, "Metro Line 4 -Suspicious package at Cite, traffic is interrupted between Chatelet and Odeon" that I saw while sprinting through the metro station on the way to watch the Tour de France on Sunday. Here's what I noticed about my behavior:
- Managed to read the screen in French and understand it while traveling at a fast pace. The picture above was actually taken at the next station, not the one where I originally noticed it.
- Kept running towards the area of potential danger rather than away from it.
- Waited until we were on the platform to discuss it with Stephane and Philippe, for as any experienced city dweller knows, there's nothing worse than running down the stairs of the metro and hearing the woosh of the departing train as it leaves the station because you wasted your time standing in front of the screen while trying to figure out an alternate plan.