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Monday, August 30, 2010

The Blue Line is NOT a metro line!!!

So Brandie, her son, Reese and I decided to try and get to Ikea today by public transit. Brandie is the wife of one of Richard's co-workers and her and her family(and son) live in the same complex as us.
So we got on the bus in Basiglio at 16:30, it took us about 20 minutes to get to Fammagosta metro station and by studying the transit map we thought we would go north one stop, change to the blue metro line, east for two stops and change to the yellow line.


It didn't go that way!!!! So we managed to get to the stop where we thought we changed to the blue subway line, it didn't exist. So we go out to see if we have to walk to change to it, nope. Try to get back in, have to pay another euro for a ticket, go wander down on the platform and there are still no signs of it. So we got back upstairs and ask the guy in the security booth "Dove S9, metro blue!?" Where is the metro blue line!? he looks all confused until we say S9 and then points us to the exit and points up. So we head upstairs and lo and behold, our blue line metro is actually the above ground rail system, which only comes every half hour! GRRRRR

Train comes, we get on it, only to discover that we are NOT going in the right direction. UGH
So we get off at the next station which just happens to be end of line and ask some Italian guy which train and platform goes to the station we need. He points at the train that we JUST got off and says "Due Ferrmata" two stops on that train.OK then.

So we get back on the train and sit for TWENTY FIVE MINUTES before it finally starts moving. Didn't want to get off the train to check anything in case it took off!!!!
We make it to the station where we are supposed to change to the yellow metro line and the station is GHETTO!!!!! hahaha go up the steps to the exit and come out to a t-intersection......and Noooooooo metro signs in sight!!! At this point we're feeling VERY betrayed by our transit map and I ask the first girl walking by where the metro station was, she points us in the right direction.(There is NO way you would have seen it from the exit!!!!)
Finally get on the right metro going to San Donato after paying ANOTHER euro,  only to realize that we've missed the Ikea shuttle by a lot and we call the husbands to come and pick us up from the station since its only 5 minutes from their office.


So we're going to try again next week and we'll remember this time that BLUE on the map does NOT equal a METRO LINE!!!!!!!
Seriously it took us TWO hours to get there!!!!


Andrea August 31, 2010 at 3:01 AM  

OMG that would drive me crazy haha

Karen August 31, 2010 at 5:59 AM  

God bless you for getting through all that! I hope that the day ended with wine!!!

darnie August 31, 2010 at 6:49 PM  
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darnie August 31, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

I had a similar experience years ago in Munich. Dratted train systems... LOL

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I am 34 years old, married to my wonderful husband Richard and mother to a beautiful 8 year old daughter named Reese. We lived in the suburbs of Calgary until January 2010 where I worked as an ER Nurse. Then my husband was transferred to Vancouver for a 6 month temporary project. Our blog Tripping over the Sidewalk told all about our adventure living on the 30th floor of an apartment building in the middle of downtown Vancouver. Then we moved to Milan, Italy for 18 months, Ciao-Eh was the online forum for our Italian adventures. We moved to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates in January 2012 and lived there for two and a half years. Sandscrapers, Souks and Sand is the blog of our adventures in the Middle East! We are now happy to be back on a little acreage just outside of Calgary where I'm sure more adventures await!!!!



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