Happy May 1st May 1, 2008Posted by gordonwatts in life, Marseille.
This town takes May1’s seriously. It is dead. Really dead. Everything is shuttered up. I hope we have enough food for dinner this evening because it is looking like none of the usual grocery stores are even open. This is the sort of holiday that when you ask, say a bus driver, “Is the bus schedule the same everyday?” They respond “Every single day – even May 1st!”. In North America you’d say “Every single day – even Christmas!”
This is a picture of a Lilly of the Valley. People give this to each other for May 1st.
Whatever the reason, this break is definitely nicer then working on ATLAS’s transient/persistent class separation (I’ll try to say something about that later, after I’ve actually accomplished something)!
Update: Pictures from the big parade today. This parade was really about unions and workers. They take this way more serious then we do in the USA. Some of the literature handed out was quite something – this is one example of an anti-capitalist party flyer. The hammer and sickle on a red background were common themes in the flags in the parade as well.