6/19/2018

Three British people in a Belgian bus


I had just finished my maths exam, had taken the train from Brussels to Waterloo and now had just stepped into my dear yellow local bus which would take me from the station to the tiny bus stop five houses away from my house. This is a free bus, which always thrills any new bus-costumer. Normally all the people in this bus are the same ones, ones who live nearby and ones that take its freeness for granted. But now and then a new person pops his or her head inside and asks the bus driver if this bus goes to - insert a street name - and then proceeds to go inside, ready to pay. Then the bus driver goes, 'c'est gratuit' ("it's free") and they repeat, surprised, 'C'est gratuit?!' ('it's free?!'). And they're always so pleasantly pleased. It always makes me smile haha.

Anyway, that day after my maths exam, three English young people - two young men and one young lady - went into this bus, asking the same. They went 'oh it's free' to each other. And I heard them say 'wow that's cool, a free bus.'

Ok, so these three British people it seems thought two things:
- Most people only speak 1 language
- These people only speak French and maybe Dutch but definitely not English

So they proceeded to go ahead and gossip about Belgium, the country they were visiting. (Their bags had badges with LONDON on them, and they just came from the station so they definitely were on a visit.) Belgium is such a badly organised, untidy country, they said. The roads are terrible, etc etc. I thought this was extremely funny. I was amused. And indeed Belgium may not be the best country but don't talk about bad roads. England has the worst roads, you hyprocrite. :-P

Anyway, what I wanted to do is just show them hey dudes and dudette; I too am British and I understand every syllable you utter. So what I did is when they said 'we need to get off, can someone press the button' (to each other), I turned around, and said, 'Oh don't worry I'll do it' - obviously stressing the fact that I SPEAK ENGLISH - (also I was sitting right next to the button so it worked out well). The girl said 'Oh, merci' (French for thank you) and I thought 'no no you don't get it' so I said, 'You're welcome'. SO I WAS SURE THEY KNEW I SPOKE ENGLISH.

I turned back to face frontward and I heard the guy said the s-word as in 'whoooopppsss'. The girl was like OPSIIIEEE, you should've seen her face.

Twas hilarious.

And the eerie thing is. I have this feeling I recognised them from somewhere? Like really, that woman especially and the man who said the s-word. I KNOW I'VE SEEN THEM BEFORE.

And thus the plot thickens.

16 comments:

  1. BUT WHERE HAVE YOU SEEN THEM BEFORE I MUST KNOW. This is intriguing.

    Hopefully if I'm ever visiting another country I won't say stuff like that... because, RUDE.

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    1. RIGHT?!? I wish I knew. Maybe it was just my weird old brain, but... idk.

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  2. Oh wow. Just wow. ;P

    Is there more to this story because that last line of yours has left me super curious.

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    1. Not that I know of, unfortunately. If I meet them again there may be a follow up post. ;)

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  3. BAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAAA i would so do that

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  4. This is hilarious... and intriguing!!! Maybe they will read your post and identify themselves!

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  5. OH MY GOLDFISH!! Their faces must have been priceless!! Hehehehehee!!

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    1. Hahaha. You should've been there ;-)

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  6. NO BELGIUM IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! My family used to live there, near Brussels (we had friends in Waterloo though!) and I fell in love with Belgium! =D What happened next...?

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    1. Ah really? Cool! Maybe WE were your friends from Waterloo.
      Dundun dunnnn. the plot thickens.

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  7. Haha, this is funny. ;) And I'm secretly jealous you can speak more than one language. I desperately wish I were fluent in more than one, but it's certainly not as easy as a wink to learn another one.

    And you know, I've been in a similar situation recently. There's a YouTuber (relatively famous ~80,000 K followers) who lives near here - I've met her, she's best friends with a girl I've known for the past 12 or so years - and she works at a fruit and vegetable shop we go to every week. I've been helping my Mum grocery shop a lot and we were served by her last time... she didn't recognize me, but I was DYING to say something (at least use her name, because they didn't have nametags). I couldn't bring myself to do it, because it was kinda too awkward, but I keep on wondering what would be the best thing to say... I really want to pick up the bags and say something like, "Have a nice day, Rachel!" and walk out, but then I also really want to see her face. I don't knowww. :D

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  8. That is so funny!! It sounds like such a novel sort of scenario, someone needs to write it into a story!

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  9. I feel like this should be a meme. XD
    I love it.

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