I love to go to different places, but I have a problem getting there.
I am afraid of flying, water takes me nowhere (from here), train takes too long, I get car sick very easily, and I hate the bus because the ones sitting next to me are always chewing cum, laughing too much, or otherwise being annoying.
RECAP OF MY LAST BUS RIDE
Got in line first so I would be able to sit at the front; to avoid people in front of me (this way I’d possibly only end up with people beside and behind me).
It wasn’t a success. The man + woman who decided to grab the seats behind me started off with useless-extremely-boring-chit-chat about how their weekend had been very meaningful even though it hadn’t been long. They felt like they had done “so” much. Really, how much can you do in one weekend? Apparently they had been drunk; a great long weekend filled with alcohol. That does sound meaningful… O_o
I didn’t care for the topic, and I hated their accents. At first it sounded like they were only friends because of the random, awkward, and senseless small talk. Plus she was laughing all the time of all the video clips he was showing her on his phone; but they were either together or got together during this ride.
I don’t mind it if people are happy (or maybe I do), but I don’t like it when people giggle. I respect a hearty laugh because it shows me you think something is hilarious (and I don’t care if it’s hilarious or not, that’s your opinion). If it’s only ‘giggle-worthy’ then you should just smile IMO. Constantly non heartfelt laughing is just annoying. I tried to protect myself with my headphones, but they are not that great. I could hear the giggling (four hours of giggling)…,
AND THE CHEWING GUM! I hate that chewing gum is not forbidden by law in Europe. I know I sound crazy, but I actually don’t like smelling other people’s breath or hearing their spit circulating.
NOWHERE TO GO
The problem is not only the people, but the bus itself; there’s usually nowhere to go (hide). The bus was full and I just had to sit there in my agony, listening to Devin Degraw (or whatever) over and over again because my mood was so high-voltage I couldn’t even focus enough to change artist.
The last (but not smallest) problem: the driver. He had several cell phones and he was using them all; while he was looking at a list of names while driving. He might as well have read a book. He only lost his phone on the floor once… I guess he didn’t see those commercials and documentaries about how most car accidents happen.
His driving was OK, but his bus-function-skills were crap. At one point the windows got so foggy I thought we were in a Twilight movie. The bus driver started using the wipers, and after about 5 minutes he still didn’t get that they were not doing any good in this situation. So he just used his hands to wipe off a tiny area on the window right in front of him.
My rating: ♥♥
…A bus ride for more than 1,5 hours is OK if you’re desperate, or poor, or left with no other alternatives (you’re desperate), but it’s not worth it when you feel your face turning green.