Vegas takes a bus.

    I know we all get worried about taking public transportation in a new city.  Taipei is different though…

Bus Schedule

   …it’s freaking impossible.

   The subway is relatively easy because most of it is in English, but do you see this bus schedule? 

   Luckily I have the assistance of some great social sponsors, google transit, and planetary alignment to get to where I’m going. 

   My librarian friends will appreciate that they maintain a well-stocked library (albeit entirely in Chinese) at the front of the bus. From what I can tell there are some ‘ok’ magazines and some ‘real’ books.  People don’t even steal them!  They put them back!

 

    I think they put the library there to distract riders from the drivers’ incessant game of “brake-slamming-passenger-knock-down,”  which is different from, but just as entertaining as “scooter dodge.”  Lots of fun.

Bus Library

They have these great luxe seats for ‘priority’ riders.                           

Luxe Seats     Disabled bus riders

   Unfortunately, I can’t use these sweet seats since I’m not vomiting a cane, my stomach is not sparking, I haven’t had my leg amputated from a chopstick injury, and gratefully, I don’t have a tiny baby trying to crawl into my chest.

  I’m getting used to the public transportation but I still prefer to walk.  Taipei is much larger than I thought it would be.  Tex and I have a lot of exploring to do.  If the buses are any indication we’re in for quite a ride.

5 Comments

  1. Concetta
    Jul 31, 2013

    Sparking stomach syndrome sounds fabulous.

  2. Rachel
    Aug 1, 2013

    Awesome post! I’m so happy about this blog. I’ve always wondered about the frequency of chopstick-related amputations, so I’ll definitely be following this! For reals,that bus schedule is ridiculous. Maybe the library is there for those riders who have just given up finding their stop and decided to stay on indefinitely?

  3. Jess
    Aug 1, 2013

    No way! A library on the bus? That is so awesome!

  4. Aimee
    Aug 11, 2013

    I like the traveling library! I think the transportation pictionary is just as difficult as the bus schedule. I definitely thought that the first one was of an injury due to a gross misunderstanding of the concept of “caning”. The second one made me wonder – I am glad you cleared that one up! The third – well, I thought that one was just a guy with ski boots and poles who had lost his skis. The last I was certain was a clear case of cardiac surgery…. performed by an infant. I would never make it in Taipei!

    • vegas
      Aug 11, 2013

      I hear Taipei is the most affordable place to get cardiac surgery… now I know why.

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