I hate loud speaking voices, cigars, heedless public smartphone use (guilty), stanked-up people overdosing on knock-off perfume, gum snappers and blinking lights on gadgets that should be unseen. The public space cannot become a place where we sacrifice the possibility of having our own, uninterrupted thoughts. That sounds like a bad line from some 1912 depressive writing a broadside against automobiles and moving pictures, but fuck it I'm going to leave it right there. 

There is an an English couple eating here at the Mama Cafe in Kazimierz. I can hear either one of them talking at all times, even when the staff uses the ice-crushing smoothie machine. Wait. One of them just started hacking and blowing her nose. I want no harm to befall them but if they get caught in very bad traffic for three hours, that might be just.