Yesterday I went for my first official day of summer camps 2010. No kids, a training on providing the best learning environment. However, as impressive as that training was, I’m more impressed how I gave myself a tour of Downtown Seattle and the Eastside on 75 cents.
Did you know how expensive the bus has gotten lately? It’d be cheaper to take a car. Honestly. If I took my normal route to get to the Science Center from homebase, it would’ve cost $6.50. So paying 13 dollars total for 3 hours of work is plain inefficient. So I decided to stay with one bus system via my trip to Seattle from Bellevue and back. [Since the fare racks up when you use more than one transit system. The rider has to pay a fare each time he or she board a different bus. Confusing and unnecessary? Don’t bother trying to understand it. It’s time and place knowledge that is only pertinent to a very particular subgroup of people living in a very particular place in the world.]
My trip encompassed many of Seattle’s unique and quirky-in-itself neighborhoods.
Lake Hills > > Newport > > Bellevue Downtown > > Medina > > University Ave > > Wallingford > > Fremont > > Queen Anne > > Pacific Science Center > > and back the same way
I’m far from saying that this was efficient either, considering I spent 4 hours in transit and from sitting next to smelly men and falling asleep somewhere between Queen Anne and the Fremont Troll on the way back, I’ve had my share of public transportation for a while. However, I did enjoy seeing all the neighborhoods. Being away from Seattle, I’ve missed it so (who woulda thought that!) and this was a cheap** and simple way to become re-accustomed with the Emerald City.
**I cheated (twice). I only payed the youth fare, 75 cents versus 2.00. And I used the same transfer on the way back, even though it had expired an hour before. I know of the ramifications on society but I was sticking it to the man! 13 dollars?!! I’m not perfect but I’m pretty asian.