Hey Stranger, Talk To Me!
Author: Eliška Portužáková
Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 03:03:46 PM

The words "Inhabitants of Antwerp" include the full package of the world's nationalities and religions, but all citizens of Antwerp have a lot in common. One of the things they share is their love of talking to strangers. Don't think that the tram driver will just sell you a ticket - with the change he will also give you a few warming words and will start a little conversation.The old lady on the crossroads will tell you her life story before the traffic light turns green again. On the bus, in the streets, in the shops, in the churches - Antwerp's citizens will try to chat with you everywhere you go. Even if you are jogging in the park and couldn't catch your breath - even there other runners will try to talk with you.

One thing that they love even more than talking with strangers is singing in public. Not for money, just because they are happy. When you are going down the streets you are passing many people singing various songs. Not just some crooning - they are not afraid to sing really loudly and from time to time they even add little choreography. Could you imagine the scene from various movie musicals when one customer starts singing in the shop and other singers are joining him? A Hollywood fantasy? No, an Antwerp reality.

 

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