All entries for Friday 15 September 2006
September 15, 2006
Coming to a new city, every single thing you do for the first time seems terrific and exciting. Indeed, also taking the night bus.
In Barcelona, these are called nitbus, and they are my saviour for a middle-long night of partying in the city, which here means, until, for example 3 am. Remember that I live quite a while outside the city (35 mins. by local train) so a chance of taking a metro is small at these early hours. When I stumble out of the disco place where I just went to a great & cheezy Erasmus night for all of Barcelona (and that means quite a number of exchange students), I soon discover, with the help of a friendly Barcelonian who even reads the bus times for me, that this bus goes each hour.
I´m half an hour early but that´s no problem. Time to discover a silent greenery in the shadow to do my thing; I discover one conveniently close to my busstand which is likely to get visited by me more often in the coming months! On the bus, I try to use my 10-ride card. But the driver-assistant (yes, this bus driver has an assistant!) tells me off since the uni is just out of the city zone. Of course I know this, but a stupid guirí smile and a perdón with a Dutch/British accent saves me. “No pase nada”, the guy tells me, “Don´t worry about it.”
I fall asleep on the bus, a few times. We go inland, over the hills that enclose the city, through Cerdanyola, the suburb where my uni is. Within 45 mins. I´m home. I actually fail to get off at the right place, which results in another short lecture from the assistant guy, but I´m happy enough to go to bed. It is 5 am, and classes start at 10. Tranquilo, no pase nada.