英国的公交车

 我留学生活的重要部分——既贴心又任性的公交车。 我在英国最常使用的公共交通工具大概就是公交车了,一般常见的英国大巴都是双层大巴,这在国内还是挺少见的。我喜欢坐公交车上面的那层,不仅视野开阔,路上的风景也特别好,让我总感觉自己是文艺公路片的女主角,唱着《旅行的意义》陶醉在自己的小世界里,十分惬意。 不过,相比于中国低廉的公交车票价,英国的出行成本还是有点高。有时候,火车甚至比公交车还要便宜。一张从考文垂到伯明翰的往返火车票只需要3英镑,而出门坐一趟公交车买往返票一般都要4英镑,换算一下都接近40块人民币了,想想还是觉得有点心疼。 人们坐在巴士里时几乎不可能看得见外面的公交站牌,而且他们一般都不会望窗外,都是看书或者玩手机,加上公交车也不报站,那么他们究竟是怎么知道公交车什么时候到站的呢? 我觉得英国的公交车最棒的一点是车上有很多为残疾人士着想的设计。比如,公交车门的台阶被设计成斜坡,有些还可以调整高度,所以残疾人坐轮椅上下车非常方便。除此之外,公交车上还专门留出了能够容纳轮椅的位置,非常贴心。 但是,英国的公交车似乎是“不贴心”的时候更多。每次我坐公交车都是全提心吊胆的。首先,公交车根本不按照时刻表准时到—即使英国公交车有专门的时刻表,但是几乎形同虚设。能不能等到公交车完全靠运气。其次,在等车的时候,你需要先招手,车才会停下来让你上车。如果你就傻傻坐着干等,司机会直接开走的。英国公交车一般是30分钟一班,一旦错过的话就要在寒风中等很久,我甚至在等车的时候都不敢玩手机。 最讨厌的是,英国的公交车是不会报站的,而且不会每一站都停。如果要下车必须先按下车铃,司机才会给你停车。像我这种初来乍到的留学生,每次坐公交车都要非常紧张地盯着手机上的谷歌地图,根据实时GPS定位来判断是否到了目的地。有时候即使你按了下车铃但没有走到车门旁边明确表示你要下车,司机也不会给你停车。有一次,我明明就按了下车铃,但是司机不停车,我坐过三个站,最后走了很久才回到家。 我觉得最神奇的是,坐公交的英国人好像都有特殊功能可以自动感知是否到站了。人们坐在巴士里时几乎不可能看得见外面的公交站牌,而且他们一般都不会望窗外,都是看书或者玩手机,加上公交车也不报站,那么他们究竟是怎么知道公交车什么时候到站的呢? 说到这个,我也真的很敬佩英国人的读书习惯,公交车上总是有很多人拿着书在看,看来英国人对纸媒还是有很浓郁的情愫。不过我真的很担心他们的视力,公交车摇摇晃晃的,车里的灯光又比较昏暗,而且书上的字还很小,换成是我可能早就晕车了。 虽然英国公交车还有很多让我觉得无法适应的地方,但是坐公交车的时候更多还是很愉快的!每天坐公交车上学的日常也是我留学生活中最重要最美好的一部分了吧。 Read in English

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