I've been using public transportation whenever possible. Going to my therapy sessions in Coimbra is one such occasion. I take the train to Coimbra, and then the bus to the hospital.
But it hasn't always been like this. In 2008 I bought my first (and only) car. I opted for one of the smallest and lightest models - it consumes less than the average car, which is good for my wallet and less harmful to the environment. This car quickly became a comfortable extension of my body and after a while I stopped using public transportation altogether. With a heavy conscience, however. 'Cars are not good to the environment' - my conscience kept whispering...
Now I've recommitted to leave the car at home whenever I have an alternative. While doing so I've been learning to better appreciate public transportation. Some of the reasons why I enjoy it are:
> Taking public transportation helps me reduce my carbon footprint!
> The train station is at the distance of a 15-20 minutes walk from my home, which allows for a pleasant walk through the countryside;
> Train travel is peaceful and I get to:
- Enjoy the view;
- Write (this post was written on the train, while traveling to Coimbra);
- Enjoy a good conversation when I have company.
> Travel by train is much safer than travel by car;
> In the bus I appreciate the diversity of people around me: young college students, elderly sweet couples, mommies with their preschool children, school children, etc!
> Taking public transportation is still, in general, cheaper than driving a car (even though the prices in Portugal have been increasing a lot lately);
> Being a bit redundant, when using public transportation I end up taking in much more of the environment around me: the people, the physical spaces, the views.
Many times, however, I still feel tempted to use the car, just because it requires less effort. But slowly I'm changing this habit and it feels good :)
How about you? Do you frequently use public transportation? Do you enjoy it? Please share your experience!
See you soon :)