Transportation Field Note

Wed, 03/20/2013 – 8:18pm
Abstract: A short blurb about this article: 
This is my personal experience about how I used some of the most used transportation systems in Europe during spring my spring break.

People need a way to go from point A to point B. That’s why not just big cities, but pretty much everywhere in this world someone would find a way of how to get to the wished place. In my experience of studying abroad in Italy I have noticed how the transportation (private and public) system can move mass amount of people. These ways of transportation have one goal in common. How to transport people from point A to point B in a cheap and comfortable way. I have traveled not just around Italy, but also around Europe and I have noticed the different ways of transportation that each city or country can offer. This means how affordable they can be, how environmental friendly, how comfortable, and how on schedule they could be.  In the following paragraph I would be describing the three most use way to travel in Europe. This paragraph would describe not just my own personal experience about traveling around Europe, but as well others.

How do people get around?:

There are three major ways where usually people can get around Europe. These are the train, airplane, and bus. Train, it’s the most popular way to travel around Europe. This is not a surprise that not just Europeans, but as well people who come to visit Europe want to take the Europeans trains so badly. This might be because mostly all the countries in Europe have their famous “high speed trains”. These wonder machines could travel up to 300km/h and you won’t even feel the tracks. Cheap Airliner that Makes trips Around Europe Plane, this is the fastest and also could be the most popular way to travel around Europe. Some people are scare of taking a plane, others love them. The planes in Europe are busy all the time as in the United States.    Bus, it`s the way that have been transporting mass amount of humans for decades. It does not need rails or run way to land. Wherever there is a road the bus will go. Here in Europe the buses are popular and very cheap.

How did I feel when I tried this way of getting around?:

There is not right or wrong way to move around Europe. I strongly perfect these three that I just mentioned rather than driving a car. In some countries in Europe can be a privilege to own a car because they high cost to maintain them by paying not just for gas, but also by paying tax to the government every year just to be able to drive your car on the road? Yes it’s true if you might think I`m mad but is some countries you have to pay tax to drive your own car. However, when it comes to travel I think it’s a personal preference whether not you wish to save up money by taking the bus, get faster by taking the plane, or enjoy the 300km/h experience of taking the high speed trains. I like them all, and I take them depending on my situation. I can finally say that the transportation system in Europe is very efficient. Each day they are trying a looking for solutions in how they can make these ways of transportations around places, cleaner, cheaper, and comfortable.

Is this way of getting around connected to the culture and environment, How?: 

I believe there is a way were European people feel connected to their transportation systems. For examples, they know that they are the only one with high speed train pretty much in the world, so that brings some pride as a nation and continent. Also, there are yearly event for awards given to coach buses. I personally have just seen it in Europe. Taking a flight these days could be a pain wherever people might go or live. Finally, I feel that the real connection between the European culture and the transportation system could be both the car and the train. For me it’s hard to tell because they both love them so much. For example, it’s the cultural connection of an Italian man to drive a Ferrari or for a French man the pride of taking the fast TGV.

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