i guess transportation is basically a question of getting from a to b. and then a lot more. most days i enjoy transportation whether it's by foot, bike, car or train. and i regularly use all these modes of transportation. the only thing that can destroy the fun is the awful running late (or a flat tire or an annoying person in the seat next to you).
i love to walk. alone, because it's calming and you think so well when doing so, or with the kids, because their energy and ability to forget why we're walking and just have fun is inspiring.
i love to bike, to get the wind in the hair, to feel the body work while moving through space. and when the kids are with me in a seat or in the carriage, it's just an amazing way to be together and connect while getting around.
i love the car, especially when i'm on my own, when i can turn up the music and listen and sing along. and to drive with the kids, because they - usually - accept sitting still in the car (and that's hard to achieve most other places). then we talk about everything and nothing, sing favorite songs or play games. back in the days with no children D and i would take the car and drive away for the weekend, just drive till we found a good place and that was great too, to sit in silence and drive along the highway, just forward and forward.
and then there's the train. my new love. oh my! it's only recently i started to ride the train. i'm freelancing, but sometimes i'll have meetings or meet a friend for coffee in the city and then i'll usually go by train (no traffic jams, no parking hassle). and the train is truly awesome! (ok, i'm usually not taking the train in the packed morning or evening hours, which means it's on time, quiet and there's always a place to sit). here i get a time-out, time to read a book, do some crafting or just stare out the window as the landscape passes by.
but no matter what mode of transportation, there'll always be a knowledge of where i am and where i'm going. the a to b thing of a rational mind (don't laugh, D!). sometimes i can forget myself, but not for long. the awareness of purpose is always present in some way.
but kids... they can just enjoy transportation without having to deal with a's or b's. like when we're walking. or driving. or when they ride around the house on their little scooters, around and around. just for fun.
i wish i could have written about how i also sail around. cause i love to sail and would love to have a little boat. but i really don't do a lot of sailing, so instead i'll count on someone else to write about this. and if not, i'm sure there'll be plenty of other interesting stories about modes of transportation in this week's corner view from all these awesome bloggers from all over the world:
caitlin, joyce, ani, couturecoucou, kim, a day that is dessert, natsumi, epe, kaylovesvintage, trinsch, c.t., jeannette, outi, schanett, ritva, dongdong, francesca, state of bliss, jennifer, dana, denise, cabrizette, bohemia girl, ruth, dianna, isabelle, amber, a girl in the yellow shoes, mister e, janis, kari, jgy, jenna, skymring, elizabeth, audrey, allison, lise, cate, mon, victoria, crescent moon, erin, otli, amy, ida, caroline, lisa, dorte, kimmie, la lune dans le ciel, nicola, malo, samantha
a little comment: so, this week i didn't make the corner view a lecture on israeli traffic culture (actually it is completely out of place to write culture in the same sentence as "israeli traffic"). israeli traffic in general is not for humans (unless, of course, you're into playing that chicken car game with your friends). if i started to tell you about how people drive here then i might end up writing with capital letters in bold to illustrate that i am shouting. angrily. right here in front of the computer. because not only do israelis DRIVE LIKE LUNATICS! they also drive way too much - partly because the public transportation SUCKS!! and partly because, i don't know, they like their cars. maybe another time...
and a tiny disclaimer: if you follow me on flickr, then you might have noticed these photos before. the camera decided to go on strike this morning, so i had to recycle some photos from last month.