sexta-feira, agosto 25, 2006

More London


Segundo dia de Londres. Estou seriamente preocupada com a explosao demografica do mundo. Londres eh muita, muita, mas muita gente. Fazendo de tudo, em tudo quanto eh lugar. Principalmente chines. E batendo fotos. Muitas fotos. Milhares de cameras espocando flashs. Na minha excursao tem uma familia de venezuelanos onde a mae tem uma camera, o pai outra e a filha um celular com camera. O mundo vai acabar em cameras. E chineses. E venezuelanos.

Hoje foi o dia do citytour programado pela excursao. Terminamos na troca da guarda em frente ao Palacio de Buckingham. CA-RA-LE-O. Deviam ter umas tres mil pessoas assistindo. Aglomeradas. Tirando fotos, claro. Acho que quando as pessoas saem de ferias elas abrem o seu “diversometro”. O “diversometro” eh um aparelho que mede a quantidade de diversao. Ele eh abastecido, para a maioria das pessoas, na quantidade de fotos que ela tira, nas imagens que acumula e nos lugares que ve, ainda que correndo. Quando vimos aquele mundo absurdo de gente eu e Formiga Sister desistimos de ver a troca completa. Assistimos a saida da guarda, tocando musiquinha, bandinha. Jah deu pra sentir o clima. Tah bom.

Almocamos num pub. A vida em Londres eh muito, muito, muito cara. Os pubs ainda sao boas opcoes para se comer algo decente e pagar razoavelmente. Pagamos uma media de 6 a 7 libras por um sanduiche e uma cerveja. A libra estah 1,46 euros. Facam as contas.


As moedas sao uma das coisas mais complicadas de Londres – e olha que aqui tudo eh complicado! – pequenas, grandes, medias; de todos os formatos, cores; pounds, pennys...e nem sempre a maior eh a que vale mais! Very hard.


E as ruas? Meu Deus, o que sao as ruas de Londres?! Tem a Russel Street, Russel Boulevard, Russel Avenue e a Russel Square – que nao eh rua, mas quarteirao. Voce acha que chegou na sua rua, mas...eh apenas o boulevard! Tente outra vez! Ruas iguais, circulares, com parques verdes de duas em duas quadras. Tudo igual. Hoje eu e Formiga Sister ficamos uma hora rodando em volta da rua do nosso hotel e soh conseguimos chegar porque eu peguei o mapa e fui andando e lendo o tempo todo, pois se eu desgrudasse um segundo, me perderia. O mais engracado eh ver pessoas igaulmente perdidas nas esquinas com seus mapinhas. Tem brasileiro a rodo, indiano, paquistanes, arabe, latinos em geral, alemao...eh a sensacao de se estar no topo do mundo. Estranho e fascinante ao mesmo tempo, pois o topo do mundo causa vertigem as vezes.


E o metro? Queriamos ir ao Museu do Freud, em Heampstead e em Cande Town, no bairrro dos punks, mas jah estamos repensando, pois a parada eh no norte e temos que pegar a linha “nothern”. Soh que o metro tem umas 15 linhas, milhares de baldeacoes... Hoje ficamos meia hora perdidas na estacao. Acho que em dois ou tres dias eu jah estaria dominando Londres. O problema eh que eu vou embora domingo! Mas acho que se perder faz parte da aventura.


E, agora a melhor parte: o meu mega maxi fora de hoje. Depois que a gente viu que nao ia conseguir chegar a tempo no Museu do Freud resolvemos pegar um daqueles onibus vermelhos, de dois andares e ir ateh o Shakespeare`s Globe. Beleza. Eu sei que pra andar no onibus tem que comprar o bilhete antes – e voce pode comprar um integrado que vale por tres horas. Soh que eu fui perguntar ao motorista se passava nesse lugar. Ele disse que sim e respondeu algo do tipo que eu deveria comprar um cartao. Soh que eu nao entendi e me distrai e achei que ele estava mandando eu subir. Ao subir e perguntar quanto era ele falou sobre o cartao. Falei que entao eu descia (Tipo onibus do Rio, que voce pega errado e salta no meio da rua?). Claro que o motorista nao gostou. E achou que eu tinha feito de sacanagem. E comecou a rir de um jeito debochadamente londrino. E eu dizendo “i`m so sorry” e querendo descer e perguntando o que eu fazia. Acho que ele disse algo como “agora deixa”, mas como saber se o cara ia avisar ou nao quando chegasse a porra do museu? E quanto mais eu perguntava, mais puto o cara ficava e mais ria...por fim esperamos ele parar num ponto e descemos. Fueda a vida do cucaracho caipira.

Depois disso, tentamos pegar um onibus pra ir pra casa. Paramos num ponto pra comprar, pois vende numa dessas maquininhas. Beleza – mais uma vez, apenas aparentemente. O “pobrema” eh que eu pus as moedas antes e apertei depois. A caraia da maquina comeu um pound e meio!! Quase dei um socao! Entrei no busum. Fui dar meu tiquete e o motorista: “keep with you”. Quando eu nao pago eles reclamam, quando eu pago eh pra eu guardar o tiquete? Vai entender...

Companheiro Hugo Chaves tomou todas ontem num pub. Chegou tirando onda no onibus. Eu mereco.

Depois fomos ao British Museum, que eh do lado do nosso hotel. Chega a ser assutador de tao grande. Maior Museu de Arte gratuito da Europa. Colecao de arte desde a pre-historia. Lojinhas com mil lapizinhos, bolsinhas, livrinhos...

Soh sei que minha proxima viagem depois da proxima – que serah Nova York – serah pelo Reino Unido. Eh um mundo completamente diferente. A mao eh do outro lado da rua – e voce tem a sensacao que vai ser atropelada a todo momento – tive que morrer em 7 libras numa porra de um adaptador de tomada pra carregar minha maquina digital. Eh outro mundo. Outra cultura. Outro tudo. Ah! Descobri que estou no bairro onde morava Virginia Woolf. Talvez eu tenha andado por entre as mesmas arvores em que ela criou Mrs Daloway ou Rumo ao Farol, ou quem sabe esteja tomando cafe num dos muitos cafes que ela se reunia com seus amigos escritores. Hoje estavamos num pub e entrou um velhinho muito velhinho que devia ser guarda real ou sei lah o que. Ou quem sabe um personagem de Dickens. Londres eh isso. Voce nunca sabe se estah diante de uma personagem. Ou de um fantasma.

39 comentários:

Maria Aparecida. disse...

Puxa, Aline, devia ter te falado desses adaptadores...eu (quando fui a primeira vez) estava tão dura que qualquer gasto extra me quebrava, e tive que comprar esta m..., não teve jeito amiga! Londres é muito cara sim, mas fascinante, eu achei. Vá se habituando pois Nova York te espera....e divirta-se! Hoje é o primeiro dia que li seu blog, e me diverti tanto que vou tentar ler sempre!!! Bjs, Aparecida.

M.Eduarda disse...

Ai Aline.. estou amando seus relatos, conforme vou lendo vou me lembrando de minha viagem. Que saudades!

beijos

olney disse...

puxa, que barato...viajar é a melhor coisa do mundo!!!

Tereza Cristina disse...

Londres está fazendo muito bem a você: continua inspirada e muito engraçada! Não vejo a hora de "chegarmos" a Paris! rsrsrs

*Lembranças à família Hugo Chavez/Chaves.
**Ah! Sem querer ser muito invasiva (já sendo!), será que daria para postar alguma foto de qualquer coisa da viagem??
***E a tão decantada fleuma britânica??? É lenda urbana???

Have a nice trip!!!

Beijinho para vc e para Formiga Sister

Carrie, a Estranha disse...

oi, jussara!!

queria por fotos, mas tah foda!
bjs

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