2013-07-25

(Under)statement about public transportation

There is also one thing about travel and behavior of certain people, that I still cannot understand. I was reminded about it yet again on this trip. I thought about this especially during our train trip from Zagreb to Budapest.

A heart from Zagreb
Where is the politeness? If you see a 5 person family boarding the train, do you leave your luggage also on the 4 seats combo and reserve the whole space? Or do you move  your stuff or look for another location that the family can sit together even if you´re not able to seat next to your best buddy the whole trip? It is disappointing, but it looks like a lot of people do nothing.

Are there people who do not give their seat to older people? Handicapped? Pregnant ladies? Kids? Pregnant ladies with kids?  Am I wrong or are this kind of people growing in numbers? After seeing this behavior all the time everywhere, no matter which nationality or age group, I start feeling very sad and disappointed for the whole humankind. What are the values that are passed on to younger generations?

What is wrong with people?!


 More space for dozing.
In this particular train from Zagreb to Budapest there was a problem. The whole train was overcrowded. I have never seen such overcrowded train in my life, not even in India. It started from Ljubljana with only 10 people on board. the estimated departure time was 10.00, but the train was still not moving after half an hour. When we should have been pushing up to get seats, we were sitting in a small smoky cafe on the platform 1 and drinking Bijela Kava. By the time we got by the train it was already gushing out and passengers were growing anger along with the train personnel. Seriously, there were just too many sold tickets and too much luggage - enormous quantity of  interrailers with 75 l backpacks with sport shoes hanging from the sides and towels and sleeping bags tied on the top. Do you really need that much stuff? At that time I was glad that we had only "hand luggage", small 25 l bags and we were able to squeeze ourselves to the corridor next to toilet doors and got some excise on the way every now and then when fellow travelers needed to release. We also had a lot of  food to consume next to the toilet doors. There had been a rumor on some web site, that there is a restaurant on the train, but that remained as a rumor. We kept our next-to-toilet location for the whole 7 hours and 15 minutes of the trip.

In the beginning there was a lot or arguing about the seats. Some persons had a seat reservation, some did not and did not move when they got their ass safe. Even the people with reservations did not get to their places. It was somehow outrageous that one old lady did not get her seat! I do not mind giving my seat (no matter if I had a reservation or not) to a person who is seemingly older than me or has illnesses, but I guess it is sometimes hard to determine by looks, who "deserves" or not to get a seat. And who is there to even judge? I started thinking about all those people who travel and does not really look ill and have hidden illnesses, and have to have an instant access to toilet or fresh air or cannot keep standing for hours...and what would really happen if these people got in trouble because of  ignorant go-travelers or personnel?

These same manners are similar to people who choose to take a budget/low cost airline.  There is no way in an aircraft to make reservations with your luggage, but it seems to be a very complicated process to get seated anyway if there are no seat numbers written on the ticket.

So, something for us all to think about. How do you respect the fellow traveler? Any politeness there? What kind of travel role model do you want to be?

There is a reason why it is called public transportation. You are not alone.


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