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Eavesdropping

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

We are twelve people in this writers course and I enjoy the facrt that all can write. Meaning that I have been to writers courses before where people are struggling with the basic knowledge of expressing themselves. On this course all write for a living, that is journalistic writing which is a practical knowledge that does not mean that one can write "literature" But as a journalist I can write on command and ... it is hard to explain but it is fun to be among people who has the same basics with writing as I do.

We talked and practised formation - how to use words and techniques to "spice up" a text. It was fun. In the evening we got an assignment to go in the city and eavesdrop... to see how a normal conversation really develops. We worked in twos and me and a woman strolled around in the shops with our iphone ready trying to eavesdrop...it was hard! Hard te hear what people were saying and hard to follow them around without being acting weird... But it was fun, I think I will do it more – I like sitting and watching people but it is also interesting to listen. To eavesdrop is not polite but this is not to harm anyone or use the nformation for anything more than to learn how people express themselves...

Every room has a bike - a very good bike in fact. I biked around the city during lunchtime for about 30 minutes and then we also biked downtown in the evening to do our assignment. My food was a little bit chaotic, I was too hungry in the evening and bought a slice of broccoli-and-roquefort pie that I tood home and heated in the micro.
I bought eggs and cottage cheese that I am going to prepare for lunch today but it will be hard in the evenings because then I am very hungry and the rest of the gang goes out to some restaurant. Yesterday was not a problem as I was in desperate need of sleep but it will be harder tonight I think.
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  • SILLYHP1953
    Sitting in a restaurant is a good place to eavesdrop. It would be kind of hard in a mall. Are you staying in a hotel? If so, a hotel where every room has a bicycle is something I've never heard of. But then Europe is a lot different than over here. I read about a town they build out west where cars were not allowed inside the city limits, you had to use bikes or walk. I wonder how that town is doing.
    2686 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    What a great Writer's Course! It must be so gratifying to be among your peers. I appreciate you sharing this with us! Best wishes for working things out with your meals. Don't be too hard on yourself if you don't meet all your expectations for yourself.
    2715 days ago
  • SJKENT1
    Meddy you are doing so well! Biking is great.

    Hope each day gets better and better.

    Can you pack some carrots, celery, or whatever to tide you over during the long afternoon?
    2716 days ago
  • JOYINKY
    I am so glad you are enjoying your week. I hope you find a way to meet the challenge your evening meal is presenting you. That is a struggle for me too; eating vegetarian helps as it allows me to eat out with friends and order one or two "sides" which is less expensive than a full meal and I always drink water. EAting out is not a favored activity for me but alas, if I want time with friends it seems to be what others prefer to do. Hard to find friends that want to do active things. Love that your room comes with a bike; new concept to me!
    One of my recent favorite meals out has been a baked sweet potato and veggie kabob. Now, if I could only master leaving the bread on the table alone!
    2716 days ago
  • SNAPDRAGON1231
    Growing up terribly shy I was and still am baffled and amazed by people who have easy conversations with anybody. I used to ease drop, and still do just to see how it's done!!!
    2716 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    Sounds like a fascinating assignment. I often hear conversation fragments, because one can't help it, in elevators or moving among meeting rooms... and imagine what the end / beginning might have been.
    2716 days ago
  • SWEDE_SU
    sounds like a lot of fun! when i am out like that, i usually make up stories about the people i see, but didn't think of eavesdropping... will have to try it!
    2716 days ago
  • SV6MILE
    Haha! Living in a foreign country where I hardly speak the language, I've lost the art of the eavesdrop! Whenever I visit home (US) I am overwhelmed with all the language around me -- I have trouble filtering it out! Cool assignment though!
    2716 days ago
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