Trapped! July 30, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in life, Marseille.
Marseille is famous for its wind. Today I couldn’t open the door to leave my apartment! The reason was the wind: it was blowing so hard that the pressure difference between my 13’th floor apartment and the 12th floor elevator lobby was enough I couldn’t get it open. I pulled as hard as I could — I thought I was going to break the door handle. Once I managed to move the door a small amount and the howling wind through the crack was amazing. I had a brief moment of panic before I realized I could close the windows to relieve the pressure.
Finally it occurred to me to close the windows so the wind couldn’t get in: it is so hot right now that one doesn’t think, normally, of closing the windows. It is sort of like: I don’t think I would have noticed if the apartment had come without windows. I offer this as an excuse as to why it took me a while to remember that I could close the windows to enable me to open the door.