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Post Independence day

Mr public transport

Well had it all planned, on my first day on public transport, take a walk up to the station, buy new monthly travel card and catch the tram across the road.

As always, and best laid plans and all that, it seems that as the road was being dug the trams had been rerouted, (thanks a lot Google), and with my vast knowledge of dutch and not being able to read the sticker on the tram stop- stood there for 30 minutes before getting suspicious.
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So had to toddle back to the station to ask what was going on and where to catch the tram from now. As it happens the guy told me not to go looking for the overground tram but to use the metro which was a lot quicker, guess where the metro was - right next to the tram stop I'd been stood on like a lemon for half an hour.

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Got on the tram which was as it happens, only half my journey, as I has to change for a bus too in about 5 stops, but the bus (for a change) was on time and only had to wait about 2 minutes.
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The buses in Antwerp - in case you don't know - are long and bendy and all glass with no air conditioning so when it feels like someone has grabbed the sun and stuck it on the window your sat next to for the next 20 minutes you really don't feel like walking into the office with a dripping wet shirt, which is exactly what I had to do, also after all the faffing around meant I was late and had to go straight into a meeting, puffing and panting like an old boiled Hippo.

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Posted by Eurochunks 12:17 Archived in Belgium

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