Those who know me also know that I am not the most ‘adventurous’ person around. Sure, I love the thrill of rollercoasters, but drop me off in a far-off place I’ve never been to before and ask me to find my way back home and I’ll be lost (literally and figuratively). I also love my creature comforts, which is why the day that you see me camping is the day that hell freezes over.
So, yes I am one of those people who find it easier to hop into my car and go where I want to go rather than look for alternative ways and means to get there. Ironically, I also hate driving with a passion; honestly if I could walk everywhere, I would. In fact if it’s a decently short distance, I am much more likely to walk there then drive. Unfortunately, sometimes it is inevitable.
However, in honour of European Mobility Week I decided to issue myself a challenge. Five days of using public transport. First up, the bus. I hadn’t used a bus for a couple of years at least so I was a bit apprehensive. But I was looking forward to sitting down and letting someone else do the driving for once! I also took some ‘props’ with me – my trusty phone (so I could use the free WiFi), a book and even the implements of a hobby that I have recently taken up.
If you want to know how it went, just watch the video above!
European Mobility Week (16th to 22nd September) seeks to improve public health and quality of life through promoting clean mobility and sustainable urban transport. The campaign gives people the chance to explore the role of city streets and to experiment with practical solutions to tackle urban challenges, such as air pollution. More information may be obtained from the website.
Photos & filming: Miguela Xuereb
Editing: Coryse Borg