The fisherman.

I met the fisherman in a small village next to the Irish sea, where shops close early and phone reception is rare. Let’s call him Tristan, for I don’t remember his real name. Tristan was from France. At 25 years of age, just like myself, he decided to leave his hometown on the French coast and move to Ireland.

” I wonte too be eh fee-shing-guide,” Tristan told me with a heavy French accent and the basic English he still knew from school. He chose this part of the world to start his own business because “sere eez a lot of salmon in sse sea.”
“I wonte to worke for myselfe. I do not wonte to make… eh.. lot of monee… eh… but if I can show people theez bau-ti-ful plasse, ssen I weel be ‘appy.”

Tristan didn’t own a phone and you wouldn’t find him on facebook. His father was a fishing-guide back in France and ” ‘ee tolde me ev-er-y-ssing I kno about fee-shing,” explained Tristan the fisherman to me. He had been saving up money since he was twenty to move to the Irish coast one day, buy a little house and some fishing rods, of course.

“I geeve myselfe ssree years to make… eh… reputation and… eh… customehrs. If not - I stop.”

“And what will you do then, if it doesn’t work?” I asked him and he paused for a long minute.

“If it do not worke,” said Tristan the fisherman, “ssen I go fee-shing.”

And with a content smile on his face he prepared his rods and then went… fishing.


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Hallo! Schön, dass du da bist. Ich bin Gesa aus Berlin und mir gehört der Laden. Hier erzähle ich von meinen Reisen um die Welt und immer auch ein Stück mehr zu mir selbst.

  1. Kaffeeersatz sagt:

    It always makes me happy, when i read stories like this or meet people like Tristan randomly. great writing Gesa! ;)

    Cheers from Berlin,

  2. Gesa sagt:

    Cheers Stefan,
    It always makes me happy when I read that somebody likes my stories or appreciates meeting people like Tristan, too.

    Say hello to Berlin from me :)

  3. Anonymous sagt:

    …his name was kilian

    …greetings from wild traveler agata

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