Today and Monday are days off for me, and for a lot of other people. My work and my home are right in the spaces where the Pope will be starting tomorrow. As a result, there are a lot of intense security restrictions (thanks, ISIS) and also a lot of people left town, both due to expected crowds and because they had to get their cars off most of the streets.
This morning I took a walk, and it was AMAZING to see the city so empty, and best of all NO CARS. A lot of people in our neighborhood have cars, but don't use them daily. But of course many people commute by driving, and living in the city, there are cars, trucks, vans, etc. all of the time.
Anyway, here are scenes from today.
"Hello ... hello ... hello (echo)"
So this is the calm before the storm. Pope Francis arrives tomorrow, and something tells me that these empty streets will not even have an inch of space available!
But for today, it was glorious. You could walk around and never have to wait for the light to change to cross the street, and bicyclists were not in danger of being run off the road. It was a beautiful day weather-wise, and the hardy souls* who stayed in town were walking around, eating in outdoor cafes, many walking their dogs, and enjoying having the place to themselves.
Sometimes, even for just a day, the world works in your favor. :-)
*I say "hardy souls" because so many people were freaked out by security plans that they could not wait to leave town. It was like we were getting 20 feet of snow, and they had to escape or would be condemned to a certain death. Wimps.