While the rest of the family is still on vacation, I have been adjusting to my new life in our Melbourne office. And part of that adjustment is my daily commute.
The first major change to the Netherlands is that I am back to using the available public transportation system, which is in this case ptv – Public Transportation Victoria. They run the local trains and busses here, and that with pretty high frequency and reliability (knocking on wood as I write this…).
In an attempt to make like easier (mostly for ptv, I guess) the myki pass was introduced a few years ago. It’s a contactless card that comes in two flavours: a “prepaid” version that you load with money and where the trip fare is deducted after you sign out at your destination, and a timed version, which you buy once and which is valid on the entire network for a certain amount of time. I have chosen for the latter one, as we are planning to also use the train to get into town on weekends.
A lot of my colleagues take the car, but I just don’t feel like dealing with the traffic or the high parking fees. I much prefer to sit in the train, listening to music, reading a book or watching Netflix.
…or I get into conversations with people. About my trusty bike that I use to get to the train station and back. Or the weather. Or footy. Anything realy. This is one of the things I like about this country. Its people are open and friendly and do not shy away from casual conversations in the train. Why would I ever want to take the lonely car?