It appears that I am the only fair skinned person on this fast moving train and I assume not too many of these people speak my language. Wait, there is a fair skinned man on the opposite end of the train wearing an “I walked the Golden Gate Bridge” t-shirt. Surely, he can speak English. I made my way toward him on the VERY crowded subway with Prada in tow. I finally was within 3 feet of him when the train stopped, door opened and he walked off!!!!!
NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooo! Come back! I need you fair skinned man in the Golden Gate t-shirt! SLAM! The door closed, and we took off lickety split before I could grab hold of the pole to keep upright! I did manage to remain on my feet but didn’t manage to find out how to navigate this train.
Ok, before I got on, my friend said, “Just count.” Count what?? The only time I had been on a subway before was with Mr. Foyil and Mrs. Hendrick on our Washington D.C. trips, and they did all the important stuff, I just followed along. Now I had no one to follow, and I had to be responsible for getting myself home because nobody else was around to help. Did I mention I didn’t have my phone or handy little Chinese translation book either? Oh boy, does life ever suck right now!!!
Ok, back to this counting thing. Hmmm. Just count the stops. Ok, what does that mean? I noticed I was on the green line, line 2. I got on at People’s Square and it looked as though I might be heading in the right direction. I remember some people talking about how our living quarters weren’t far from the Science and Technology Museum, and the only other landmarks I knew of were Century Park and the apartments with all the laundry hanging outside. But those apartments are everywhere, so cross that one off the list!!! Ok, so that leaves Century Park and the museum.
Up above the windows I noticed there was a line (time line of sorts) that labeled different destinations, in order, from People’s Square. WOW! It read: Science and Technology Museum. Good sign, VERY good sign!
Who needed the fair skinned man with the I walked the Golden Gate Bridge T-Shirt! I was figuring this thing out.
Each time the train came to a stop, if I looked quickly enough I could read the billboard posted outside that had each stop listed! ALLRIGHT, it’s getting easier! I thought I was home free until the next stop didn’t have the billboard labeled! CRUD…and I had lost count! Oh great….Well, I would just hold on until the next stop and hope that it had its billboard labeled.
It wasn’t labeled either but between the two stops, I tried to remember how many stops we had already made so I could know when to get off. I had hoped I had counted seven, but I wasn’t quite sure. Well, here goes. I pushed my way off the subway just before the door slammed closed and it took off.
Looking around, I finally found a sign which read, “Science and Technology Museum.” YES!! I had to be close enough to home now that when I found a taxi I could give them my card with my address on it, (written in Chinese) and he could drive me home! Halleluiah!
Home at last!