A new love for public transportation

Public transportation is awesome. Before coming to Lyon, my only experience with public transit was a brief week in London with the infamous Tube. It was a lot more convenient than I had expected, but it didn’t prepare me for how much I would enjoy using trams and metros in Europe.

I recognize that this is an odd thing to nerd out over, but hear me out.

I can walk 10 minutes down the street to reach a tram station, where I can take a tram to a metro stop or — if I’m very ambitious that day — I can, in 20 minutes, walk directly to the metro station.

From those two stations, I can get anywhere in the city and all I have to do is ride along. I can do last minute homework in the half hour ride to classes — not that I would ever do such a thing. I can listen to music and relax after a long day at school. I see many people reading books and newspapers and talking on the phone. It’s positively brilliant!

But there is a dark side to everything. I think most people are aware of the fact that they turn into robots on public transit. There is absolute minimum eye contact; the tram could be absolutely packed and you could be squashed next to three fellow tram-goers, and yet you would never meet another person’s eyes.

It’s all very strange and fascinating, and I think I will miss it very much.

I never realized how tedious driving every day could be until I no longer had to do it.

Bridget McSorley is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City double majoring in Business Administration and Languages and Literature. Bridget spent the academic year abroad with the University of Lyon 2 exchange program in France.

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