After that first week, didn’t you think I might throw in the towel?
Well, it has been THREE WEEKS WithOut a Car and I have to admit ...I LOVE GOING AWOC!
Week one was brutal, week two better and by week Three, ‘By jove, I think she’s got it!’
There are so many reasons I am loving this I am not sure where to start.
First, I love MARTA. I love the train, love riding the bus, waiting on the bus, waiting on the train, riding on the train – I LOVE IT ALL! Am I crazy? Maybe I am still in the honeymoon phase. I even have a favorite train station! And how can you love an inanimate object? I love seeing #36 turn the corner and hear the sound of the doors open. I love getting to know the drivers and they are beginning to remember me. And they are so helpful. I am so aware of a spirit of community on the bus. I can’t explain it but I feel like everyone wants to help you. Sometimes, I am not sure exactly where the closest stop is and in moments, there are a dozen people watching out for me making sure I know where my stop is. I am in awe. I do not experience this outside of the bus to this degree.
One of the best things is all the time you have to see things – really have time to see.
I love holding my gaze at the beautiful plots of spring flowers that stretch almost the entire block beside The Federal Reserve Building. I love walking under the lush canopy of trees that reach almost all the way over 13th Street. I love sitting on the edge of the fountain waiting on the THE PEACH. I love feeling that connection when greeting fellow trekkers.
The other day, I was sitting on a beautiful marble half-wall, pack on my back, sipping my bottle of water, looking at the traffic and I realized, I am beginning to feel sad for those who are confined in the cars that go by. OMG! I think I am hooked!
I love talking to others who take mass transit.
One day after being dropped at my stop I was walking & talking with my fellow trekkers and one of the guys said, “shhhhh, listen”…and we walked the rest of the way in quiet listening to the birds chirping. The weather was cool, my shoes felt snuggy and life was good! Tonight, I was walking up to Symphony Hall and I just felt so great walking…walking…..greeting others headed into the park…connecting with a smile and a hello …walking…..saying hi to the pups out for their end of the day P&P.
I realized how much more connected to the city I feel. I feel like I belong. Odd. I never thought I felt otherwise.
So, no real drama this past two weeks. But, I do have some tips to share and some people for you to meet next time!
Meanwhile, I am loving GOING AWOC – Atlanta WithOut a Car!