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Are UK bus drivers doing their job well?

IMG_3077It is quite likely for a person living in a country like the United Kingdom or other country that have buses as one of the major modes of transportation to have experienced some kind of bad “bus” experience eg Bus arriving later than usual, bus being too packed etc.
Now, my fifth year living in the UK,i of course experienced bad “bus” experiences such as the ones listed above, especially living in a London borough in such a busy city, it is likely, but it has never really been a big issue for me as it has never taking bad turns.

Until recently.
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What happens when a student has college and like everyday routine waits for their usual buses to come, the bus finally comes, they can see it very far behind another bus BUT the bus doesn’t stop at the bus stop because of the driver’s unwillingness to wait for the few buses in front of it to move.

So that poor student, worker, business person is left, just hanging there, having the bus they waited for to skip them. Which as a result, can cause lateness at work and complete turbulence in their schedules.
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(NOTE) Of course, if your bus is due and you can see it coming and stopping, even if a bus is hiding it,as long as you see your bus,one should be willing to walk up to the bus and make themselves notice by the driver for their own sake.

But going back to my original subject, what happens when the bus is far away behind 3-4 other buses? Is that same person expected to run 2 km for their bus? What if that person doesn’t see their bus waiting because of the many buses in front? Isn’t the driver’s job to be patient and wait until at least 2 buses have moved, making sure they’re seen by people that might want to get on, before even thinking of leaving?
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I’ve seen people waiting for their buses at the bus stop and being “skipped” so many times for no reasonable reason and so I’m forced to wonder if some bus drivers are doing their job how it ought to be done or are they letting their impatience or personal feelings get in the way of a job well done?
Personally, i believe a bus driver that does its job well is one willing to pick up its passengers, even if it means having to wait for other buses to move a little bit first. Skipping the bus stops you’re supposed to stop at in regular schedules and ignoring the passengers that might be waiting is not right and slightly biased.

Anyway, what do you think? Leave your comments below 🙂

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Traveling, people, languages, cultures.

Travel:

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Traveling. When i say travel, i do not merely talk about the excitement of getting into the countries or places I’m heading to but I’m also talking about the phase, the journey to get there. Traveling in a new country, starting with being in the airport with my luggage,seeing people around me with their suitcases and little children excited about where they’re heading to, seeing air hostesses walking around it’s all so fascinating and exciting for me as arriving in the destination itself.
What i also love about traveling is the fact that you’re entering into a new country,a new culture. Different scent,different air,new people, people with different mindsets, new culture, different food, different customs, new traditions…
Traveling is like going on a life adventure. It’s all so fascinating.

Cultures & Foreign languages

This goes with my love of travel, what is travel without the encounter of meeting and seeing new people and blending with a complete different culture than your own? For me what makes travel as enjoyable is the encounter with new people and getting yourself emerged in a culture and language.

Anyway.Languages. What i love about them? Everything. Languages are beautiful and God’s wonderful creation: hearing a language speaking it and seeing how people converse in that language is the beauty of it all.
I love languages and i love learning them. For me there is absolutely no limit in how many languages a person can learn and be fluent in.

People

One does not have to travel to encounter amazing people, you can meet people everywhere.
People have stories, this woman you see everyday on your way to the bus stop you never say “Hi” to, she has a past, a story to tell, a life.
I find people fascinating, the fact that every single person you see has a story, a past and that if they made a decision to talk to you a little bit about their life, it could change your views on life forever is amazing to me.
People have stories; this girl you see at school, how is she when she’s at home? How does her home and life outside of school looks like? She is loud at school but how is she…at home? These questions are ones i ask myself constantly when i look around and see individuals. People are fascinating and with stories to tell.

So yes, those were some of the things i love the most in life and let me say that as a journalist, things i would love and enjoy the most about my job is the ability and chance to meet with different people with stories to tell; giving them a voice. And through my travels, reports and interviews letting people discover things they’ve never seen and known before.

Life is a discovery…

Myriam 🙂