Monochrome Monday – Getting Around

There are many ways to traverse a city be it your own or one you are visiting.  Automobile, bicycle, taxi, bus, scooter, motorcycle, subway, walking and so forth; they will all get you to where you want to go.  At home we drive or walk.  When traveling we sometimes take our own vehicle or rent a car but most of the time it’s walk, taxi, or public transportation.  Subways are interesting places in that you never know what or who you may see (or sit next to) around and in the station as well as in the cars.

And negotiating how to get around on them can be easy or a challenge.  Not every city has a subway but for the ones we have been in that have, they are an affordable way to move around.  The Tube in London was very user friendly to me even with the occasional closed for that day line.  We just had to whip out our map to figure out a different route and head off with our Oyster Card!  Mentioning cards, I highly recommend that if you are in a city where you will be using public transportation frequently that you get a pass card to use for your travels.  Beats paying each time, is quicker and usually is cheaper.

I’ve used subways, trains and buses in St. Louis, Washington, D.C, Chicago, London, Las Vegas, Grand Cayman, New Jersey, NYC and Boston.  Of all of those the NYC subway system has had the most “colorful” characters and is the only one I’ve gotten lost on.  Once while traveling from Jersey City into Manhattan by myself I got to my destination just fine but when I wanted to return to my hotel…I lost where the subway entrance was!  This photo was taken in Boston while we were heading probably to The Peoples Republic of Cambridge 😉

Do you have a favorite public transportation story?  Please share.




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21 Responses to Monochrome Monday – Getting Around

  1. Nice image, Teri! I really like the interior of the underground metro in Lisbon. Each stop has different design and very unique. I don’t dare to take pictures inside the public transport though..but maybe I should try it someday!

  2. Dave Phalen says:

    Love it! Grew up in Lexington and lived in Harvard Square. Rode the T many times.

  3. Nice photo! I actually have lots of Metro stories from when I lived in Madrid, Spain, but I don’t have time to share that at the moment. Sorry!

    • Awwwwwwww not even one little one?

      • I’ll try to get one in a little later.

      • Here’s the Metro adventure I promised:

        We spent our last month in Europe in Italy after living in Madrid, Spain for almost four years. It was much less expensive to get a oneway flight home from Madrid than Rome at that time, so we had left a lot of our belongings at a friend’s house in central Madrid, and the plan was to fly from Rome to Madrid, get in at 7:00 pm, ride the Metro to our friend’s house, say goodbye, pick up our stuff, ride the Metro back to the airport, spend the night in the airport, and catch a flight the to US at 10:00 am the next morning.

        When our flight from Rome to Madrid was 4 hours late, we had to leave our daughter, then 13, at the airport with our luggage we took to Italy, and my wife and I got on the Metro headed to central Madrid at 11:30 pm. There were several line changes between the airport and our destination, and not all of them had escalators, only stairs, between Metro lines. We got to our friend’s house around 12:15 am, we said quick goodbyes and gathered our belongings, which included all our clothes, computers, guitar and other stuff in one large box on a foldable dolly, and 3 large rolling suite cases. This was before 9-11, so we could take a lot of stuff on a plain because we had three people. We got back on the metro about 12:45 am, we had several stops, stairs to negotiate with all the luggage, and there is longer times between trains late at night, and the metro closed at 2:00 am.

        On the line change with the stairs we just missed a train, so we had a long wait for the next train. We got to the last line change that would take us to the airport at 1:45 am and they closed the metro and kicked everyone on the train out at that stop. We got everything up to the street, I looked at the metro map, and we were 6 kilometers from the airport, on the edge of Madrid, not a soul in sight besides the few other people who were on the train, and they disappeared quickly into the dark streets that converged on that metro stop.

        There we were at 2:00 am, 6 kilometers from our destination, and bunch of luggage, our daughter at the airport, and we had no cell phones. We had no choice but to start walking. Fortunately, we had lived in Madrid for almost 4 years, so we knew how to find our way. We pulled luggage along the sidewalk and finally came to the freeway. During our walk we had not seen a car or a taxi, no one. We walked over the freeway and the road ended. We were still 3 kilometers from the airport, so we could either walk along the freeway, which was illegal, or take out across country and head for what we called the “Crystal City”, a high tech business center with 5 star hotels, convention centers, etc., about 1.5 kilometers from where we were. We opted to head for the Crystal City, but then about a third of the way there, the wheels on the folding dolly I had the big box on disintegrated. That was great. It was 4:00 am, and we are now literally in the middle of nowhere with a broken, unrepairable dolly. I reconfigured the luggage and strapped the box to two of the large suitcases, and prayed the wheels would hold out on the suite cases.

        We finally got to the Crystal City about 5:00 am, but we didn’t have any cash for a taxi. I remembered I had written my PIN for my VISA card in code in my wallet, so we found an ATM to see if I could do a cash withdrawal using VISA. We had closed our bank account in Spain and calculated the cash we needed to get through our month in Italy and leave us with no cash to take back to the US (we did well going from dollars to pasetas and pasetas to lira, because the dollar was strong against the paseta and the paseta was strong against the Lira in the late 1990’s. We didn’t want to change lira to dollars after we got home because we would take a big loss on the exchange). I was able to withdraw some cash, so we dragged our luggage to a five star hotel to find a phone to call a taxi. The portero at hotel was a really nice guy (I think he felt sorry for us) because he called a taxi for us and told the dispatcher that he had some hotel guests with a lot of luggage that needed to get to the airport. They sent a driver in a minivan, and we finally got to the airport around 6:00 am. Our daughter was worried, but very safe as she had made friends with a security guard who seemed to enjoy having someone to talk to during his boring graveyard shift. Fortunately the rest of our trip back to the states was uneventful.

        On the bright side, at least trudging across the outskirts of Madrid in the wee hours of the morning with a large load of luggage, we weren’t sitting in the airport bored for all those hours.

      • Wow! Yeah…that is a story alright!

  4. One late evening on Boston’s T, a fellow passenger had bought out remaining balloon animals from a street vendor for the low price of $10. He went around handing them out to we his fellow riders. 😀 Nice shot Teri.

  5. A. Blake says:

    Truth be told, I haven’t taken public transportation in too many years to count! I did however, take a video at a bus station with Malik – does that count?

  6. Cindi says:

    Great photo! It looks calm and civilized … similar to the public transportation here in Norway.

    I don’t have a favorite transportation story — but the one I remember the most was riding in a taxi in Mexico City back in February 1996. The taxi driver didn’t like the speed of the cars in front of us on the huge four lane road … so he zoomed around, squeezed in, and made a fifth lane.

    I’m still shuddering.

    • Thanks and yikes!!! A cab driver in NYC that was zooming and zipping and screeching on brakes so much DH demanded to be let out blocks away from out destination it was bad but your guy wins.

  7. Great photo! I always find subways to be so interesting!

  8. Nancy says:

    I was on the RTA (cleveland train) and was taking it to downtown Public Square. However when I got on… there were many Punk Rockers and Punk Rock want-a-be’s. Not just a few… but PACKED! No room to sit. I hopped on… was a bit frightened but then a very nice Punk Rock boy offered his seat to me and we had a fabulous conversation about The Drop Kick Murphy’s. They were all off to The Punk Fest and were hoping to see them play. I personally have heard the Drop Kick Murphys and so there you have it. I am a Punk Rocker too. HA HA HA HA 🙂 🙂 😀

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