Thursday, November 25, 2010

When retired...

... you can do the entire day what you want... no? 
we were having a walk a week or 2 ago, on sunday. got out at haymarket, but there was no market, so we turned the other way and ended up in the north end, where we hadnt been before. small houses, small streets, many restaurants and tourists. in one of the many boston travelguides we have i read that in the mid to late 19th century many immigrants arrived here and by 1920, 90% of the population was italian. apparently nowadays still 50% of the people there are of italian descent (that is something i noticed; many americans are real proud to be a real american. but! dont forget and please be aware that in fact they ARE 1/4, 1/8 or 1/16th european on their mother's/father's side, and yes, still would like to visit that country once...).
anyways.. then we came by a deserted ice-skating rink, and next to it were quite some old men, smoking, playing jeux de boules or watching the game from a comfortable chair. i was taking some pictures through the glass, but then we were invited inside (bugh, what a smoke!), and we talked a little (and i took this one crappy pic..). yes yes, they were all italian (see flag) and all retired and playing this game every (every!) day... in winter here inside, in summer closeby outside....

3 comments:

CaT said...

and not to forget: i am 1/4 polish from my mother's side!!!

Steffe said...

A popular sport in that age group.

I meet a few pensioners back in April back with that same hobby. No Italians there, and no smokers.

biebkriebels said...

One pensioner plays jeu de boules, the other blogs, so everybody is happy in his own way. I like the picture, it is funny, the men are waiting you taking the photo. Don't move!