I have been suffering from some serious writer’s block as of late. Actually, I’ve been suffering since I left Europe.
While in Europe, a typical day involved discovering a new food, a new restaurant, a new street, and if I was lucky, another bench to take a picture of. Needless to say, the “boring” days of traveling were still exciting to share with the world.
So what do I write about now? My days all seem to melt into one: wake-up, go to my internship, go to work, come home and do it all-over-again.
Well, I finally have something to share.
Since arriving in Toronto, I have been using the TTC (transit) system. At first, I was in awe of the 24 hour trams (they call them street cars here — weird), I enjoyed people watching while waiting for the subway, and at first I didn’t miss having a car.
Well, I’ve been in Toronto for just over 2 months now, and I have had my fair share of experiences with Toronto transit. So I thought I would share some of these (sometimes hilarious) moments with you.
- Personal space is something only referred to in Fiction-novels. I once had to squish up so close to a gentleman who was taller than me, that my face was in his armpit. True story.
- People fart. Sometimes it’s one of those “who dun’ it?” type of situations, when all of you standing together smell it, and actively avoid eye-contact because if you were to look someone in the eye, you may start laughing. But the most awkward moment was when I saw a well-dressed older man walking, lift his leg, let one rip, and continue to walk as if nothing happened. Yeah, I saw it happen! It was one of those “am I on a hidden-camera show?” type of moments as my eyes widened and I looked around to see if anyone witnessed what I had.
- I’ve watched people run towards the subway door only to have it close in their face; and I laughed (yeah, I’m a jerk).
- I’ve ran towards the subway door only to have it close in my face; and yes, I’ve seen someone laugh at me.
- The tram (streetcar, whatever) does what is called a “short-turn” and it drops you off in negative 15 weather at a random stop in sketch-ville. Yes, this has happened to me on numerous occasions. My favourite time was when it was 2am, I got off, and there was another tram right beside us, but instead of waiting for us, the other tram drove off. We waited 15 minutes for the next one. Awesome
- I’m no longer a courteous person, waiting in line for my turn to get onto the subway/tram/bus. It’s every man/woman for themselves. Seriously, I am not above “throwing elbows” to get a space on the bus.
- I’ve fallen into someone. Sometimes the subway stops suddenly, and this particular time I wasn’t hanging onto anything and I launched myself into the arms of a senior gentleman. Oops 🙂
Anyone have any stories to share from their time on the TTC? How about the transit system in your city? Do share!