Paris, je t’ aime

The Sacre Coeur, the Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower; everybody who has ever been to Paris is automatically drawn to these places. Tourists from all over the world come to the city of love to take a walk along the Seine, to eat a ‘baguette’ in one of the many parks or to take family pictures in front of l’Arce de Triumphe. For us, though, the stay in Paris was about other things. Along side the beautiful canal Saint Martin we unfolded our table bikes and met a lot of young people with interesting and honest stories.

We started on Sunday around 12 o’clock in the morning and even though we were a little worried there wouldn’t be enough people around to talk to, a girl from the lunch room across the street reassured us that people would arrive in time, because it also happened to be the day that the Tour de France would finish in Paris. She was right. Soon enough people started passing by and we could start our conversations. It was surprising to see how many people were interested in the project! Some even wanted to take pictures with us and with the bikes.

We had very interesting conversations about, amongst other things, swimming, political philosophy, animals, cycling, Latin American cu