Riding the Bus

As of two days ago, my primary means of transportation became my bike. As I simplify my life and prepare for my journey, I sold both of my cars and the majority of my large possessions.  My clothing, books, ski and climbing gear are safely tucked away in a friends basement and I now find myself with only a backpack, two changes of clothing, this laptop and a sturdy pair of shoes.

In a previous post, I discussed being a tourist in your hometown. The first step to this is taking public transportation. On my first local bus ride since living in Boulder, I did find myself as a tourist. I had to ask for imageinformation about the fare, how to transfer, where the bus picked up, etc. I had the little panic attack as the departure time approached and I suddenly realized my bus was parked on the other side of the station! I jumped on as it was pulling away from the curb- I’m sure I’ll have plenty of these moments abroad!  Needless to say as I took a seat in the middle of the bus I found myself much more aware of my surroundings than I would have been in my car. I was invited to watch the other people on the bus, the street and the general activity of the town. Its almost as if I removed myself from the action as an active participant and became a third party observer. The bus sometimes takes small alternative roads to reach stations and I found myself surprised at some of the nooks and crannies that existed right in my back yard. In my Google Maps efficiency mode, I would have never dreamed of not going directly from point A to point B.  Yes, it did take me 90 minutes to reach a destination that would have taken 50 in my car. Did I lose 40 minutes? Maybe I actually gained 50.  What do you think? Comments welcome!

3 thoughts on “Riding the Bus

  1. Public transit can be a great thing. I’m sure you’ll become quite familiar with it on your travels. Now you just need to get a universal translator for all those foreign schedules!

  2. In that circumstance I would say that you gained 50 minutes as you were riding the bus as a tourist. If you were riding the bus as a productive member of society with a “to do list” and the “to do list” was not finished or not as much was accomplished because of time lost, then you lost 40 minutes. It seems to me that it is important to have times when we experience life from both perspectives.

  3. Of all the public transport here in Boston, the bus is my favorite. Like the T, it allows you the luxury of people watching and passive exploring, but unlike the T, usually contains only locals to the immediate vicinity. Personal Space is redefined, crazies have a tendency to always sit near you, and fleeting flirtations run aplenty with that random beauty sitting close by.

    From your post, it sounds like you gained a lot more than 50 minutes. And besides, there’s no rush, you were right where (and you currently are right where) you’re supposed to be.

    Enjoy!

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