The Road to Strasbourg
So last Friday I took off from Normandy and headed northeast to Strasbourg where I was bound to shoot a wedding the following Saturday. I left from my home around 2:30 p.m. after finishing packing all my gear knowing I had about a seven hour drive in front of me, so after a few hours into the drive I decided to stop for a break. I pulled into a gas station somewhere along the auto route, went in and used the facilities and then decided to grab a snack. I bought some usual gas station junk food, a pre-made sandwich and some Pringles, I am a sucker for salty Pringles. As I was heading back to my car I began to eat my sandwich, just walking along all happy cool and then snap ! I did not see there was a curb for a handicap ramp, and my foot had slipped right off the back heel edge twisting my ankle as far in as it could possibly go. I was jumping around in the parking lot cursing the sky knowing I had a wedding to shoot tomorrow!
After hopping back to my car I knew it wasn't good. I knew that my ankle was super sprained. All I could think is how am I going to do it tomorrow ? Plus I still had four hours drive in front of me and I drive a stick shift ! I told myself the show must go on and to Strasbourg I went. After arriving to Strasbourg I got to the flat that was rented for me only to find there was six flights of stairs and no elevator. I had a suitcase, my laptop bag and camera bag. Luckily just as I started to head up a guy was coming down and he could see I was in serious agony and he helped me with my bags all the way to the sixth floor and hung with me making sure I was ok to get into my flat, was a good sign in regards to the people of Strasbourg. After getting into the flat I found what ice there was in the freezer, put it in a plastic bag and hit the couch. Done.
The next morning I got up around nine, checked my ankle which was purple by now and headed out to find the pharmacy. I got an elastic bandage and some ibuprofen and then went for breakfast. After getting back to the flat climbing all six flights of stairs again like a 90 year old man, I got all my gear prepped, wrapped up my ankle, downed some ibuprofen and went to shoot a wedding. It was scheduled to be a full day wedding and it was just that. From the city hall ( la Marie), to the cocktail gathering (vin de honeur) the couples shoot then to the restaurant for a full soireé, but I made it. I got to say I feel my images suffered a bit, missed some key stuff cause I was hobbled. I was unable to move fast and or get into positions that I normally would to get that cool angle but the main thing is is that I got the job done.
Honorable mention to the city of Strasbourg ! What a beautiful city full of nice people ! I spent the Sunday limping around the wonderful world renowned Christmas market (Marché de Noél) and then searching out some street art done by my artist buddy Ender. Then yes... the inevitable came...the drive back home.
I spite of it all it was a real rock and roll weekend.
Until next time...
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