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the grey days
More than four years after the earthquake that struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011 *, the city still hurts and is slow to rebuild. One of the biggest problems is the near destruction of the sewage system and canalisation of the city, which has to be completely renovated. In everyday life, this means that many roads are inaccessible and those that are are congested. Traffic problems lead to many incidents caused by impatient drivers. I solved part of the problem by taking the decision to go to work on foot, which also allowed me to solve the problem of the disappearance of the gym, after February 22. I admit that the 45 minute walk both ways put me in a good mood and I look with some compassion at the grumpy driver behind the wheel. On Saturdays, however, I do not have a choice and I have to take the car to go shopping. Every move is a journey that contains its share of unknown: how long it will take, the number of detours, the time spent in traffic. Last Saturday, when I was once again stuck on Victoria Street, while I was mentally complaining against the slowness of the traffic, I thought of putting the radio to change my mind. What a good idea it was ! The radio played folk music and songs of Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish inspiration. The beauty of this music transformed the wait in the traffic jam in a magical moment that I was not eager to see ending. All was left was a wonderful autumn afternoon filled with indescribable brightness and soothing vibrations. I could not understand the name of these extraordinary musicians who have transformed my weekly tasks in a surreal moment.
* I am all the more affected by the earthquake in Nepal which was struck with an even more devastating force.
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