Friendly Friday: In Transit

I enjoyed looking through my old photos to find my contribution to the fun Friendly Friday Photo Challenge.  Each week, a new topic is set by one of the hosts, Sandy or Amanda.  Once the topic is posted, we have a week to create a post featuring one photo or a group of photos based on the topic.  This week, the challenge is hosted by Sandy, and the theme is in-transit!

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Hong Kong has a wonderful system in place to move people from here to there.  While living in Hong Kong, my family’s home away from home, though I don’t truly have a home, I took my share of buses and especially trains around the city.

I am an observer.  I watch people.  Over the years, I often found myself on the train, watching people enter and exit.

You have the toe-tippers who step lightly across the threshold like a sugarplum fairy, as the attendant’s soft voice flows through the intercom, “Please mind the gap.”

You have the runners who race onto the train even though they have plenty of time.

You have the soldiers with their backs straight and their shoulders square marching onto the train.

You have the distinguished with their heads held high.  They surf the train without holding on, without moving at all when the train moves.

You have the parallel-traders, or day-trippers, wheeling heavy suitcases loaded down with merchandise to take back across the border to the Mainland.  Watch out for those wheels!

You have the curriers with their loaded sacks of mail expertly stepping onto the train to shuffle through and reorganize their bundles.

You have the bowling-balls who barrel over anyone in their path. Duck and roll, I say, duck and roll.

You have the nervous-nellies, stepping carefully across the gap, nervously looking up and down the aisle, gripping the central metal pole as the train pulls away from the station.

You have the iphone-zombies, happy schoolkids, friendly grandparents, suit-coats, and everything in between.  When all this shelter-in-place is over, I look forwarding to returning to Hong Kong to travel the public transportation system once again.

I hope you enjoyed!  If you’d like to see more “in-transit” posts, click here.

Thank you for stopping by.  Stay safe, stay well!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. SandyL says:

    One of the reasons I enjoy public transit is that I get to watch people. I hadnt classified them like you, but I recognize the personalities 😉
    Thanks for joining the challenge!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandy! I do really appreciate the public transport system in Hong Kong and miss the ease of travel. I got a little wordy for the post and appreciate you reading. I also enjoyed digging for these old photos.

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      1. SandyL says:

        No need to apologize .. I enjoy FFC responses with a bit more content 🙂
        I’m glad you enjoy the excuse to dig through old photos. There are more challenges ahead!

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  2. Sheree says:

    Great response!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sheree!

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  3. I enjoyed your descriptions of the different types of travellers!! I am pondering which one I might be 🙂 Hong Kong looks like it has great transport, is the blue one a tram?

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    1. I’m so happy you enjoyed! I’m a nervous-nelly, no matter how long that I’ve lived in Hong Kong, I still need to hold the pole to not fall down. And … I watch the map to make sure I don’t miss my stop! My grown kids don’t need to do either, it’s all instinctive to them. They are part of the distinguished ones. (haha) A long-time friend, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, and I came up with these tongue-in-cheek distinctions. It’s just silliness! Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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      1. Hahaha, actually yes, I think I might be too! Your comment about watching the map rings so true, I always do that on the London Underground. A very fun post, thanks for sharing it! Have a nice weekend too!

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