Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

My husband grabbed my hand. “Come on” he yelled across the sound of honking horns, engines revving and people chattering.

“No. I can’t.” He let my hand go, leaving me to fend for myself as he blindly walked straight out into the traffic, his footstep never faltering until he reached the other side unscathed. I, still fearful continued on the other side of the road until some traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing allowed me to cross with a minute more safety than I had felt where Roger had stepped out.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

The night was worse. Families on bikes were seemingly out just enjoying the evening but pedestrian crossings in this quarter were scarce. Roger believed that he had worked out the crossing technique. “They see you, judge what speed you are walking, adjust theirs accordingly so that they miss you and no-one stops. If you do what they are expecting, you are quite safe. If you do something they aren’t expecting like slow down or stop it’ll be goodnight Irene.” He stepped off, grinning.

© irene waters 2014

© irene waters 2014

It wasn’t until I saw a three-year old boy, riding a plastic foot powered car, launch himself into the traffic that I saw Roger was probably correct. I watched the child, my silent scream hovering at the top of my throat as I watched the boy, barely visible to the cars as he was so low to the ground, safely reached the other side. If he could do it so could I. My level of nonchalance could not match the childs but I strode out into the onslaught of cars and bikes that were coming at me, first from one direction and then the other. My self talk worked overtime as I persuaded myself don’t slow, don’t stop, keep going. Finally on the other side I expelled the air I hadn’t been aware I’d been holding. Despite the excitement of Hanoii and the charm of the old town the street life was just a little too busy for a country girl unused even to her own cities traffic. Life at the side of the street – fascinating.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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  5. quarksire says:

    reminds me of peru .. i don’t know how they do it without killin each other huh.amazing……


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  9. looks really busy I would be a bit stresed out walking around there, but looks very intersting


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  11. Glynis Jolly says:

    Where were these photos taken? I know that my husband had to change the way he walked on the streets in Korea.


  12. Nguyên-Kan says:

    Definitely it is in Hanoi 🙂 the traffic is such a nightmare 🙂


  13. Nguyên-Kan says:

    This sounds crazy, but it’s true, you should have a look if you want to travel to Hanoi


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  19. Sherri says:

    Wow, life on the other side of the street indeed Irene! Great post, you had me holding my breath and so glad you made it to the other side safely 🙂


    • Thanks Sherri. It certainly was a place you put your life in the balance. I too am glad I made it to the other side. Apologies if I am a bit slow at the moment keeping up. My internet connection has gone down at home. Can’t believe the technician won’t be with us until the 8th April. I am already going through withdrawals. At least I will have no choice but to concentrate on my book.


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