Public Transportation

On 11/11/11, I participated to the 11 Eleven Project. We were asked to capture a part of our day using film or photography. I took a topic that every average citizen deal with everyday : public transportation.

Recently, I’ve spent some time in Paris . Sweet memories I got from there, but what I really appreciate was the public transportation. I’m sure you expected DisneylandPark or The Eiffel Tower or any other famous places in Paris. Well, in order to reach those places, I had to use public transportation. And, I use public transportation everyday. So, I can tell the difference …

My ticket to Paris

So, before stepping outside, you know exactly online which line to take, at what time departure is and how long it will take to your destination. In stations, if you know how to read, you will never get lost. And with one card called “Navigo”, you can use any kind of means of transportation: metro, tramway or bus. Also, I was surprised when people pull out without any fear, their I-phones, I-Pads, notebooks … those expensive electronic gadgets as to spend quality time during their journey. During rush hour, they have staff to regulate the flow. And for the record, one of the best ways to discover Paris is to take the tramway from a terminal to another one.

The equivalence of “metro” in Paris would be “taxi-be” in Antananarivo. And as opposed to the metro, we always come across to some little big dilemmas while using public transportation whatever if is it to go to work or to go back home. Few examples I can speak about are: no changes (always ready for the exact fees), no real bus station (creating traffic jam), no schedule (means long wait until a bus show up or long time a bus stays in a station waiting for customers) and above all, during rush hour “the law of the strongest and the fastest” (get ready to fight and run to get in a bus!). Everyone knows this latter so well that, on Facebook, they’ve created a group called: “Si vous aussi vous êtes champion du misiska bus” means “If you too are the best to sneak in a bus”. Needless to say not to pull out even your cell phone in a taxi-be, lest to be targeted of mugging …

Started November 1st , they increased the bus fees from Ar300 to Ar400. It may seems just Ar100 difference, but it represents 33,33% rise, it means people have to adjust their budget in order to add 33,33% more for their daily transport, somehow.

As for me, it doesn’t help when you struggle to get a bus every morning. Though, it is to go to work. I am not saying “public transportation in Paris is perfect” but I just ask for a less stressful mornings …  Here is a sample of what I live everyday to go work …

On a side note,  “11 Eleven Project”- The movie will have a worldwide screening this coming 11/11/12. As for Masagascar, our dear Ambassador  Lalah and I are preparing a private screening …

 

QUOTE

The quote that made a buzz right now is :

“4 more years!”

Congratulation President OBAMA

 On the 11 Eleven Project Documentary

“The 11Eleven Project will tell the story of Planet Earth on November 11, 2011”

See you soon for the Screening !!

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Eleven Day

Do you know the movie : “11-11-11” ? … no? …. Me neither ! lol lol . As far as I know, it is a thriller movie, and the most important is … it is released today on theater … in US!

Another movie that is released today in UK is “The Rum Diary” with the talented Johnny Deep …. check out the trailer

Well, all this is just to introduce you to the main point : 11 Eleven Project

For the occasion, I went around town today 11/11/11 and took some pictures, talked to some folks … So, the main thing I saw was this :

Traffic Jam à Ambohijatovo

And then I though, what do make my everyday life ? … apart from movies … the answer will come soon in video …

While waiting, enjoy those pictures :

Coffee ?

Traffic Jam at Tunnel Ambohijatovo

Cheese !

Today is 11/11/11

🙂

QUOTE

From “The Rum Diary”

Paul Kemp: Oscar Wilde once said, “Nowadays, people know the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”

On the street asking people to take people for the 11 Eleven Project

“What is it really about?”

“M’lay kosa zany feeling zany an” (That’s awesome”)

Birthday wish

Today is the birthday of one of my dearest friend. It is coutum to wish for something on his/her birthday. And it reminds me a wish that a guy made and change his life …  Mr Destiny” (1990) with James Belushi, twice Oscar Winner Michael Caine, Linda Hamilton, better known for her part “Sarah Connor” in “The Terminator” 1984, and Courteney Cox , Monica from “Friends Larry Burrows is unhappy with his life. He believes his entire life could have turned out differently if he had not missed a shot in a baseball game when was a kid. One night, he meets this mysterious man, who offering him that alternative life he always dreamed of. But as Burrows embarks on this journey of self discovery he realises that even this new life has its problems and drawbacks…

This movie was one of those old movies that made us laugh when we were kids and made us think about our own life … what if I did this or if I didn’t miss this or … you know  …. many hypothetical theories … . Well, life is what it is, don’t bother to dream of another life, yours is great !

And finally , to my MF Friend … HAPPY BIRTHDAYLALAH !!!!  Guess what ! Lalah made a wish for today and … her wish came true !!! 🙂 (to know what it was, you have to know what MFF means!)

Lalah and To

A part from all her others many activities (such as her awesome blog : Ampela Miblaogy), our Dear Lalah is the International Ambassador of the 11 Eleven Project

The aim of this project :

“On this day (11/11/11), we want you to film, photograph, record some music, capture sounds, or blog/Tweet.”

So, we invite you to take part and unleash your creativity on this one day! Join the revolution!

PS : it’s not going to war …

QUOTE

hihi!

Larry Joseph Burrows: How about that! The desk is wired to my ass!

Jewel Jagger, Forklift operator: You wouldn’t want me to fork you to death, would you?

Lesson

Larry Joseph Burrows: Thanks. Thanks for everything. The good and the bad. Boy, you sure do know how to make a point. Oh, and listen, Mike – whatever you’ve got planned for the rest of my life? It’s perfect.
Mike the Bartender at Universal Joint Bar: [toasts] Happy birthday, Larry.