Coffee con Leche: Dude, where’s my car?
I don’t know about you, but where I’m from in the states, we drive everywhere. Pharmacy down the street? Vamos con coche. Grocery store around the block? Vamos con coche. People actually have a negative perspective of those who use public transportation. Carrying groceries, walking, and getting on the public transit aren’t signs of being environmentally friendly and exercising; they’re signs of poverty.
You can imagine my confusion when I arrived to Madrid where people rarely own cars, mostly use the public transit system, and normally walk to get to the other side of town.
*Initiate freak outs and complaints*
- I wanted my car.
- I didn’t know how a metro works (it sounds silly because it is).
- I was too afraid to touch rails on the bus (germs are real, y’all).
- I averaged about 12 miles walking PER DAY and was ALWAYS tired.
- Cute designer shoes disappointed every part of my soul because they did nothing to comfort my feet after mile 2, and I had to throw them out.
The universe had spoken: I had to buckle down and adapt (actual theme when you live abroad). I bought a transportation card and better shoes and downloaded about 7 different applications on my phone for calculating public transit routes. About 72 mistakes later, I started to kind of like this adventure. Wrong metro stop? I’d explore a whole new barrio. Walking in the wrong direction? Más ejercicio and getting to see a bit more. There’s so much about this big city that I started to learn about, just from not being locked in a car.
And, hey! All that walking turned my body into this amazingly good-looking shape that I’d never had before! – I brought sexy back, forward, and up and down 😉
Not only did my body start to change, but also I dropped a lot of the assumptions I brought with me from the states. Using the public transportation is smart. You save money, help reduce traffic, and it’s better for the environment. Walking to your destination, even if it’s 30 minutes away, is literally good for you. I even used the word literalmente, which I hate using due to how often people misuse it (I could write 57 blog articles on that alone), so you know it’s true.
I went from “Dude, where’s my car?” to “Dude, where’s my transportation card?” real fast.