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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Street Theater

I've been going through my photos from my trip to Frankfurt last September and came across this one. I stumbled across an anti-nuclear protest march near the river my first Saturday there.

Anti-nuclear protesters in Frankfurt

I was walking along in the opposite direction, looking at the march, amused, when I was approached by two very excited people who accosted me in very fast German. "Ich spreche kein Deutsch", I said with a slightly exaggerated American accent (I can't speak much German, but when I do I have a reasonably good accent, but it's sometimes useful to play up the fact that I really don't speak the language) and smiled. They immediately switched to English.

I had a very nice bag with me (it was a bag I got from my friend Marshall from the 2000 Apple Worldwide Developers' Conference), and my new friends were wondering if maybe I had room in it for some nuclear waste. They didn't have anywhere else to put it, so they were hoping I could help them out. I laughed and suggested that maybe there was a mountain in Nevada where they could store it, as my bag was already pretty heavy with all the cameras I had in it. "I think maybe they don't want to take this waste either." No, I suppose maybe they don't.

I wished them good luck in their search.

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