This week’s challenge: Okay, What if I asked you about public transport?
Last week my mate Shaky and I went to Sydney by train. (He is Shaky as he has Parkinson’s disease, his decision not mine for the name)
Now since neither of us work we have a lot of time on our hands, which from my point of view is great, as I don’t mind not working.
So having qualified for a seniors card and therefore cheap train travel I had myself organised with a new shiny Opal card for getting on and off the trains, buses or ferries all for the cost of $2.50 all day. Bargain.
My first obstacle was discovering I had no money on my card when I got to the train station and tapped on. Opps there was fine print I had not read saying if I didn’t use my card within sixty days the money would be refunded to my bank account.
Thankfully paper tickets could still be purchased and so we both had tickets, Shaky actually had money on his card as he’d checked before leaving home.
The first train appeared and went past.
The second train appeared and went past.
So in our wisdom, as we live close to the train station, we decided to drive to the big station some half an hour away to collect the Sydney train.
Driving in the mornings in any city is always fraught with danger and for us it was being delayed so we missed the train we wanted to catch. It was an express train with limited stops as opposed to the one we did catch, which stopped at every tin pot town along the way.
The journey is usually about two and half-hours but this journey took us over three hours.
But we are retired chaps and we have time.
We made it, did our stuff, had a great lunch and a good wander about the city.
On our way home we wandered into a carriage and found a seat. As the train took off it occurred to me that we had seated ourselves in a ‘quiet’ carriage.
Now for two guys who love to chat to each other this required commitment and a conscious desire not to irritate others so we found reason to doze on and off on the way home. I should also point out we caught the express train home.
I don’t travel on the trains as much as I should but I enjoy it when I do.