There are a lot of reasons why riding the subway sucks. (Random stalls, never being in charge of your own schedule, having to carry everything everywhere, lack of car, etc.)
But since I’ve moved here, I’ve slowly found little perks of riding the subway. Here is the first installment of my 4 part series, “The Joys of Riding the Subway”
1. People Watching.
There is absolutely no place better to find a total variety of people than on a subway car. And people are really interesting. As annoying as it is, I love hearing what music people are listening to through their blaring headphones, it really lets you into their lives! Fashion is of all sorts on the trains too, including neon tie dye spandex pants, close-to-straight-up-indecent boob exposure, cross dressing, and some really interesting hairstyles.
I love making up back stories for fellow riders. Where are they coming from? Where are they going? Can we fall in love in 2 minutes?
All time favorite people watching activity is being able to tell the profession of the person based on their attire or what is with them. I love seeing actors reading scripts, dancers with buns and standing with their toes pointed out, flight attendants adorned in uniform and perfectly packed suitcase. Favorite though- clowns. And I’ve seen a few. One time I saw a whole Chinese New Year’s act get on the train. Sparkly headdresses and dragon included. Where was my camera????