I can't think of a journey I'd LESS like to make
October 12, 2015 2:43pm CST
I'm in Amsterdam this evening and since my Fit Bit was demanding more steps, I decided to walk from Central Station to my hotel. It's about a mile at most but it's very cold because an icy wind was whipping along the river. On my way, I met three girls from New Zealand, heavily laden down with enormous back packs. They stopped me and asked if I knew where the international bus terminal was. I've walked along that route many times and never seen anything that looked like a bus station. They showed my their booking confirmations and I realised they were about to take a bus journey all the way from Amsterdam to Krakow in Poland. That means a journey of more than 1200 km and - if all goes well - at least 15 hours on the road. I felt very happy that I just needed to walk another half hour and I'd be at my destination. I also reflected that with so many cheap airlines these days, I was glad I'd never have to go all that way on a bus. I did some crazy bus journeys in North American in my student days but I'm happy that I don't have to put myself through quite that torture any more.
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• Northampton, England
14 Oct 15
@xFiacre My first boss at work went from London to Delhi overland in his student days on a truck. He told outrageous stories of the guy who swallowed his entire stash when he spotted the police as they crossed the border from Pakistan and he apparently turned physically green.
13 Oct 15
I know people who would rather take a one day bus ride to their destination than flying for a couple of hours, just 'cause they hate flying. But I also know that some people choose to do that to enjoy the view that they wouldn't get if they choose to go on a plane.
• United States
12 Oct 15
I hope to never travel by bus again, except locally and even then, argh. Nice that these girls showed up so your perspective on your own walk could change. I wish those girls much luck! Their journey(s) will make great stories and memories later in their lives.
15 Oct 15
Those who wish to watch the topography on the way prefer a bus journey. I have been on such trips but short ones. Our Europe tour started from London. We went by the Euro Star to Brussels where a bus was waiting for us to go to Rotterdam after spending some time at Brussels. All the 6 countries thereafter were managed by bus after spending a few days in each country. And this type of travel by bus never tired us and in fact i truly enjoyed looking around.
14 Oct 15
You're indeed lucky for having walked just a bit & be at your residence. Also to enjoy plane rides which bring you faster to your destination. In our place? We usually ride a bus, from our city to Manila. And, if you're lucky, you'll be there in 10 hours.
14 Oct 15
15 Oct 15
Actually a bus journey is quite nice. If I were much younger, i would love that. The sound of the bus moving is very conducive to sleep, and the slight motion of the bus moving is like a rocking chair. Now I am not keen even for 6 hours bus trip. My back will ache for days.