Monday, September 28, 2009

Traveling [or: A Huge Hassle When I Have To Go Home For The Weekend]

Since last time was a bit on the heavy side, I wanted to talk about something more light hearted than death. Unfortunately, I couldn’t think of anything good and so I’ll just tell you about how I get home.

As I’m writing this, it’s 7:15 in the morning, and on the Staten Island Ferry, all tired, and a bit hungry, although the sandwich I brought with me mitigates that. Anyway, I am headed back to ‘Nova right now, and I still have……….about 3-4 hours left. For those who don’t know, I live in NYC, Staten Island, to be precise. And my school is in Pennsylvania. So you can imagine the hassle it takes to get there (of course, it’s a lot easier with a car, but since I don’t have one…) but what can you do, right? Well, Let me tell you how I ended up arriving home yesterday, since there isn’t much variation in my travel. In fact, I have it down like clockwork, which is good for me, cuz I hate wasting time on the road if I don’t need to.

12:50: Took the R5 train from Villanova to Market East Station in Philadelphia. Wait, no I didn’t, I ended up eating with my friends and was too lazy to leave after only eating 20 minutes. Lemme try it again.

1:50: The R5 train from Villanova to Market East Station in Philadelphia. There we go!

While on the train to Market East, I usually just stay bored, since I forget to bring anything to read or enjoy myself with. This time, I was lucky that I have a class on Augustine which requires me to read his Confessions, and since it was in my bag, I decided to get ahead and read book 4. After a while, I stopped, then just listened to my iPod. Not bad.

2:25: Got off the R5 at Market East and took the 2:30 Chinatown bus to New York City.

This is probably the tightest part of the trip. I usually make it to Philly with enough time to get to the Chinatown bus. But if I missed the bus, I would have to wait half an hour in a neighborhood that I don’t know, which sucks. I take this time on the Chinatown bus to text some people about what’s going wrong with my weekend and then promptly fall into my usual habit on the Chinatown bus, which is taking a nap. Let me tell you, for some reason, my right knee always hurts because I can never get into a comfortable position on those seats and my right knee always juts out into the seat in front of me.

4:17: Got off the Chinatown bus near the subway 1 stop in……..I believe Franklin St. in Manhattan. Takes the 1 to South Ferry Terminal.

For some reason, the bus usually stops near this station right after getting out of the Holland tunnel, but hey, it works. I was listening to my iPod but unfortunately the subway is louder than MODERN STRANGE COWBOY (J-rock song with Engrish) so my ear usually take a beating here. I decide that pausing the iPod momentarily will be more beneficial than keeping it on. The train itself is kind of packed, but it’ home. Or close to home, w/e. Anyway, I take the 1 and end up at South Ferry, which let me remind you, is all new. They redid (or more like made a new subway stop) and it look SOOOOOO nice. Everything is new, the walls, the stairs, everything. And so clean.

4:28: Got off the 1 train at South Ferry and boarded the Staten Island Ferry.

The ferry was kind of late today. Or, I actually think it was rush hour or something, cuz it seemed like it left at 4:45 as opposed to 4:30. Fine with me though, I really didn’t feel like waiting a half hour for another ferry. So I board the ferry and crank the iPod with some more J-pop. There are no seats near the front of the ferry, so I sit out in the dock, where I get the fresh air, and also some sun, which burns.

5:10: Got off the Staten Island Ferry and took the s78 to my house.

FINALLY!!!! After traveling in like a billion different vehicles, I arrived at a most familiar sight- the Staten Island bus. I took the bus, using the transfer I neglected to tell you that I got from the subway. I feel that I can relax now, because from here on out I know I’m home.

5:25 Goff off the s78 and made it to my house.

Home- where the food is, because this whole trip made me hungry, and you trippin’ if you don’t think I’m going to eat right away after traveling with no food. Said hi to my mom, then to my dad, then ate some steak and potato sautéed thingamagig with ham in it. Oh, and some salad. The potatoes were spicy, but damn if I wasn’t going to eat the anyway. Pretty much I did nothing while I was at home, which makes you wonder why I even WENT home. That…….is a secret! Although if it’s any consolation, I did in fact waste my time at home because what I had to do wasn’t due till November, and some people at my house cannot read dates *COUGH*hermanas*COUGH*.

Stressful, right? It took me a while to get everything down to minutes and seconds, but it usually doesn’t take more than 4 hours to get home. However, going back…….ugh. I mean, yea, just do everything in reverse, but some things are different.

For example, when I go back to school, everything goes smoothly until………….I get to Philly. This time, I had the misfortune of the R5 train stopping their service because some electricity failure or some crap. Fine, there’s another way to school, the R100 line. However, I had to go to 69th Street station on the Market-Frankfurt line (or something like that) to get there, which required me to use MONEY to buy tokens to get onto the line. Thankfully, it wasn’t far from the Market East station, but it was annoying. I get to 69th, and lo and behold, the train just left. I have to wait 20 more minutes to catch another R100. And then I get on, but OH NO! The train stops moving because of ANOTHER failure. Whatever, I get to school 2 hours later. Keep in mind that I left my house at 6-30 so I can get to Villanova by 11. But nooooooooooooo, SEPTA had to be dumb and cause delays. I’m glad I got that off my chest.

But in all seriousness, the scheduling of the R5 on Sundays practically guarantees me waiting 40 minutes, since their trains don’t come until every 40, so if I get to Philadelphia around 11:56, I have to wait for the 12:40 train. It could be worse though, I could not have a way to get there.

And there you have it, the wonders of mass transit and traveling to and fro the best city in the world *cough*NYC*cough*. I hope you had fun learning about my travel plans, and if not, meh. See ya next week! Maybe I should talk about happier things than mass transit…

Oh, and I finished this blog post at 12:17 on Sunday, because I got lazy lol. Yea.

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