I don’t get the bus system here in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. I have a Toronto friend visiting from England (or is that an English friend from Toronto? Something like that). Anyway, we decided today to go into St Palais, a village to the south of Sauveterre with a few good brocantes (antique shops – I still need a table). The bus would leave Sauveterre at 12:50 and arrive in St Palais just after one o’clock.
Perfect, just in time for lunch. But then in checking the return schedule, we learned that the bus was going to come back from St Palais at 2:30, meaning we’d have just over an hour to shop in a town that’s closed for lunch (yes, rural France shuts down between noon and two o’clock).
Our other option was to walk back (12km) or take a taxi (20 euros). We thought we’d do the walking thing, but while waiting for the bus, we decided that it was too hot to do anything so active. Instead we went back to the apartment, had lunch and napped for an hour and a half.
In checking out schedules, we noticed that the bus to Salies de Béarn (north of us) left Sauveterre at 4:30pm returning at 8:40. Definitely a more civilized time.
This area is really not conscious of tourists without cars. Or of people who live here without cars. You’d think this was North America with the area’s dependence on the car!
But I’m off topic. Today is about limited time. If we had stuck to the one hour time limit in St Palais, we would have rushed about town, not gotten what we wanted done, and felt unsatisfied with the results.
For how many of you does that sound like a normal day?
When faced with a day like that, try to find a way to have a nap and go into Salies instead (i.e., find time to relax and get other things done). Time is limited only by our choices of what we do with it and what are our priorities each day. During time-crunched days, take a look at the big picture and decide what else you could do in the time available that won’t leave you feeling crunched.
- Time is only limited by our choices.
- If something can’t be done now, do another task and schedule the first one later.
Sausages (so fresh!), green beans (straight from the farm!) and corn bread (baked two hours previously!). Oh and of course, Sauce Basque (still obsessed with it).