Yes, it’s that day of the week again: Picture Friday!
Truth be told, it’s only the first picture Friday I’m doing, but a tradition has to start at some point. So let’s kick it off with the first picture:
This picture is pretty self explanatory, but I took this inside one of the trains heading to Central Park during my first subway ride. The New York Subway is the busiest rapid transit rail system in the United States and the seventh busiest rapid transit rail system in the world. Well, it’s definitely difficult to argue that statement. But most of all, temperatures were extremely high below the streets, which didn’t seem to help at all to make the ride any more pleasant. Figuring out the whole subway system took a while, but once you get the hang of it, it’s really not that difficult. Apparently you just have to jump right in, head first, start swimming and not drown. You have to brace yourself when the train starts moving and hold on for dear life when it comes to a full stop. You did well, if you would still be standing upright or sitting in the same seat as when you began this wonderful shaky and loud journey. It finally makes sense why so many ‘Yankees’ (derived from the Dutch names Jan and Kees) are wearing headphones while riding the subway. When the train is in motion it seems nothing short of a roller coaster ride while there’s an earthquake going on with lights flickering on and off. The only difference is that you won’t hear anyone scream. Which actually makes it even more scarier. Sometimes you will be accompanied by people telling (yelling is more likely) their tragic life story while they beg for money. Once you are finally walking towards the exit, you will slowly start to be able to breathe in fresh air, until you’re outside, completely dehydrated, and somewhat close to your actual destination. You check if you haven’t been robbed of anything during the ride, starting with your most important and newly acquired possession: a water bottle and continue your journey through the most populous city in the United States that all of a sudden doesn’t seem to be that busy or loud anymore.
From now on I will be posting a picture (or a couple of pictures of the same subject) with a bit of blurb every Friday, that will help you get ready for the weekend. The first couple of times it will probably be pictures from New York City. A journey I never believed possible, but have been preparing for several months. I’m sure that this pictures on Friday tradition, will stay around for a long time. So I hope you’ll enjoy the ‘ride’! 😉