This is a follow up to my part 1 blog, which you can view here. Now that we are over 6 weeks into the semester it’s given us time to experience the joys of public transport with our fellow human’s so it only seems right to put those moments into another blog.
Student moment #1 – The quiet carriage phone talker
You’ve had a long day at uni and want some peace and quiet so you head to the quiet carriage on a train, the most obviously and only choice in this situation and because the title of the carriage has quiet in it, it must be true! Wrong you are. During peak times you might get away without hearing a voice however, there is a good chance a self-proclaimed important person is taking a very important call during this time and therefore you and everyone else must hear how important it is, just so you know they’re an important person. You want to throw your phone at them but know it’s the quiet carriage and don’t want to disturb people with the thud of your phone impacting against their head. What should I do? If you’re lucky someone with no patience will be in the carriage and will tell the important person to shut up.
Student moment #2 – The gossip girls
Could there be anything worse than standing on a train and enjoying the rare quiet you have after the important person was told to shut up, to then have a group of teenage girls destroy all that by standing next to you and talking about their lives at the same volume as a vuvuzela? Probably not. This is a frequent occurrence when school finishes and can be hard to escape. Sometimes there are so many of them you’ll be trapped in the corner and can’t escape because their bags are so big, creating an impenetrable wall of doom. You hear everything from what teacher they hate, homework, boys that smell and the most horrific, what boys they like. Torture. Asking them to move may work but their volume may be so loud they can’t hear your request. At this stage your options are slim. My advice is to scout the area in advance before they get on the train so you can make your escape.
Student moment #3 – The cough all over me ‘er
As a germ freak this is my biggest nemesis. This person will cough and sneeze like they are unleashing a multi wave attack which disperses and travels towards you. You wonder how you were so unlucky to pick this spot. Winter time is the worst because these people multiply. It’s probably the closest feeling to The Walking Dead you’ll get of wanting to get away from an infected person. You cross your fingers they are getting off the train/bus soon so you can breathe something that resembles clean air. To avoid this you can either:
1. Wear a mask.
3. Use apnea training so you can hold your breathe for the longest period of time ever.
4. Avoid people forever.
If I have missed anything feel free to comment below. 🙂