a long, lovely journey.

I walked and rode muni for three hours because of a few "accidents".  But surprisingly, the whole adventure was humorous and soothing.

1. I lost my transit card when I was sailing in the Bay 2. I went to get lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Left my phone on the bar. 3. Went to a restroom and exited the back way to see the water (I probably wouldn't have left my phone if I left the restaurant the way I entered) 4. Walked a quarter mile (because I lost my transit card) towards 4th and Market before I realized I had left my phone. 5. Went to a hotel where I called the restaurant. They had my phone! 6. Took Muni from Powell to Brannan and knew the T would take me to the restaurant and suspected the N would also, but I wasn't sure.  Three N trains passed before a T came.  And sure enough, the N went to the restaurant as well. 7. Ran into the restaurant and they couldn't find my phone. They finally gave me my phone 8. Ran after the train and missed it, then realized there were two more right behind it. 9. Got off at Powell and walked to get onto the 38 which I nearly missed. 10. According to my directions, all I had to do was get off at 11th 11. Too bad I typed in 11th street instead of 11th avenue.  I went all the way to the Sunset when I should have been in SOMA.  I walked up to somebody's home and realized I was in the wrong place. 12. Waited at the bus stop and knew the 38 would take me where I needed to go and suspect I should take the 38 express, but wasn't sure.  So I let two express buses pass me. 13. Rode 38 back to downtown and missed my stop. I was enjoying the scenery. 14.  Got on the right bus and finally made it to my destination an hour late!

It was a GREAT day.  And I really mean that.

august adventure 20: my travels in motion

Dance of a Nomad: all of august. I just got a new phone in July, so for the first time in four months (my point and shoot died) I've been able to shoot video.  I was inspired to shoot the little bits of my travels, quite literally.  There are clips of my different modes of transportation, and pictures at the end.

Song: "The Longer I Run" by Peter Bradley Adams

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/14654505 w=720&h=480]

Obsession.

If you've ever read my blog or talked to me, it's obvious that I have an obsession with travel, but what many would not realize is that my obsession with travel exists with my other obsessions of public transportation and coffee shops. On this particular day, public transportation consisted of a combination of walking + ac transit (bus) + bart (subway/train) + muni (bus).  In order to meet my friend, I took a wonderfully glorious 1.5 hour public transportation adventure to her house in the Richmond District in San Francisco.  With my Canon 30D and 50mm in hand, I kept an eye out for the little nuances of riding public transit... like the bright red emergency lever I'm always tempted to pull or the asian who always finds me and sits next to me even though there's an abundance of empty seats  or the number of strangers headed to the same destination or the overlooked, cute signs/graphics.  Public transportation relaxes me and reminds me to enjoy life.

After meeting up at a cute cafe with my friend, she went to class, and I went in search of a coffee shop.  I found a charming shop with free wifi and a plethora of people to stare at. I was in heaven.

Oh the joys of Public Transportation

I am 24 years old and do not have a drivers license...

I did take my written test recently and am in the process of getting my license, but that's besides the point. When I was going to school, I loved walking around and riding the bus. It was a small town, so my means of transportation were very feasible. Now that I'm back in the bay area, it's become harder to do what i love--walk and use public transportation. I try to use bart/bus whenever I can.

It brings me so much peace and happiness to wait for and ride the bus/bart! I swear, New York was designed for me!