By Amber Ainsworth
In Norway, I rode a train, tram and subway all for the first time.
During the first week or so here, getting used to relying on public transportation was nerve wracking and has probably been the most “foreign” thing about this trip for me. I come from an area where mass public transportation isn’t the greatest, so to be somewhere that I need to take a bus, a ferry and probably another bus to get where I’m going is something I’m not used to at all.
I’m the one in the group who is always freaking out about getting where we are going or is always scared we will miss a bus, even though another will be coming in five minutes. While the transportation is nice because that means no paying for gas or car insurance and it’s more environmentally friendly than everyone owning a vehicle and driving, I’m not sure if I could ever live somewhere where I relied fully on buses and subways to get around.
It is extremely convenient to be able to just hop on a bus and get where I need to go without having to worry about parking, but I do miss being able to leave and go wherever I need without having to plan my schedule around transportation. It’s easier in Oslo where the buses are coming pretty often, but when coming from the apartment, I need to factor in the bus and ferry times, and that has caused me to need to leave far earlier than necessary just to get where I’m going on time.
As a journalist, I am looking more into big cities for jobs, so the experience of relying fully on public transit has been important because if I do relocate for work, I know I’ll be better prepared to handle transportation if I need to utilize it.