There are a lot of things I imagined doing with my life. Eating pasta from a tuppaware at 1am while waiting at a bus stop in Edinburgh on a windy Monday night was not one of them.
A middle aged American man silently shook his beef at me.
A forkful of overdone steak was being shoved in my face. Because the customer is always right, I had to stay calm and repeat a calming mantra in my head; “Think of Athens, think of Greece, think of Athens, think of Greece; think of all of Eastern Europe…Think of the money and don’t tell him where to shove his meat…”
Not all bus rides are going to be like the Magic School Bus. Or the Knight Bus. Or any other cool bus rides in literary history. Most are going to be pretty boring. So while spending time on a bus can be the best if you’re with a friend or two travelling through new cities and countries for the first time, it can also be the worst. Especially if you’re on a public bus for ten hours with on-board karaoke, hoards of tone deaf passengers and nothing to do.
I have endured both ends of the spectrum as well as the mundane middle ground so I feel weathered enough to hand over some travel trips for not going berserk while stuck on a bus.
(That’s R110 for my fellow pound deprived South Africans)
It’s easy to get carried away with spending a ton of money on tourist activities and expensive lunches in a city like Glasgow but if you’re a recent graduate on a budget like I am, you don’t have that luxury.
But all is not lost; find some free wifi (shout out to my gran for giving me her password), spend a few minutes doing research on your destination and you’ll be sorted. Continue reading