That time of the month : Transportation & travel

I am participating in a (new) link up by Holly & Wendy from HoHo runs  and Taking the long way home : That time of the month. As they put it “to get those little annoying things off your chest”.



Here are a few of the things that I have seen lately which have been bugging me in my  travels :

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1. Parents who do not put a seat belt on their children. I drive to work, and sit in traffic for some of the way, and the number of kids I see unattached is frightening. They are jumping up & down in the back seat, clearly unrestrained. Seriously parents, if someone accidentally hits you from behind, your child will go through the windshield.

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2. Healthy / young people not offering their seat to an elderly person or a pregnant woman in the subway or on the bus. There is no reason an elderly person should be standing up on public transportation. Yes, they might be getting off in a station or 2, but the least you can do is offer your seat.

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3. As I travel by train for work, there were 2 recent events which particularly irked me. I was coming back from London on a Friday night train. There were about 15 young (early twenties) people, clearly coming to Paris for the weekend. They actually had a party in the train, and were drinking and yelling to each other from one end of the coach to the other. This went on for 2 hours. I think what irked me more is no one said anything to them. Not even me, where I should of.

The second train incidence was with a family with young children, probably 8 and 2. The youngest child screamed, not yelled, but screamed every time his parents said something to him. While I understand at his young age this was his only means of expressing himself but I am not exaggerating when I say he was shrieking. And often. The older child was running back & forth in the aisle. It was a 3 hour train ride and the parents did not have anything to occupy their children. No books, no activity magazines, no games, no iPad with a movie… seriously ?

A train is not a playground, nor a bar.

4. People passing on the right

This is just plain dangerous. Which is why, if you are a slower driver, you should be moving over to the right lanes, so people can pass you, on the left.

That’s it.

Anything annoy you when you travel ?

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Comments: 12

  1. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home September 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Ugh…poorly behaved children are the bane of my existence. I see it all the time in my office. Some parents are afraid to discipline their kids…they think their kids won’t like them…smh…

    I hate when I see people texting and driving. I drive a really busy suburban road to work and I see it all the time. It is so dangerous!

    • Karen - French Inspiration September 20, 2015 at 7:08 am Reply

      Indeed, so dangerous. Texting is against the law here in France (when you are driving) and especially in urban areas people get stopped and fined all the time.

  2. HoHo Runs September 19, 2015 at 1:58 pm Reply

    I don’t see unrestrained kids in cars, but like Wendy said — texting and driving is horrible here. I wouldn’t have said anything to the partying crowd in the train either, because you never know if you might set one of them off and it become a very dangerous situation! The shrieking kid would have done be in! I can’t stand that. It makes no sense why the parents didn’t have something for the kids to do! I appreciate you linking with us! Enjoy your weekend.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration September 20, 2015 at 7:09 am Reply

      Maybe it was the first time the family had gone somewhere with their kids ? I don’t know but people in the coach were really mad !

  3. Kelli September 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm Reply

    The passing on the right is a huge pet peeve, but even more so is the fact that the center lane in the 3 lane interstate I commute on being the place where the slowest drivers go to hang out. Sometimes the only safe way to get around them is to pass right.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration September 20, 2015 at 7:10 am Reply

      Ahhh, center lane for slow drivers is very unsafe and clearly explains why people pass on the right. Slow center lane drivers => move over !

  4. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy September 19, 2015 at 10:16 pm Reply

    Um, totally guilty of passing on the right sometimes — although in my defense in NY it’s legal. My husband still calls me on it.

    As someone who never had children, yes, I’m often appalled at the things parents let them do. But I imagine much of the time it’s a case of they’re just so worn down with taking care of everything. At least I like to imagine that. Because the alternative would make me like to slap someone.

    My parents, when they could still travel, were often offered seats (they’re in their late 80s now).
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    • Karen - French Inspiration September 20, 2015 at 7:11 am Reply

      I didn’t know it was legal to pass on the right. Completely illegal here in France which is probably why I am sensitive to it !

  5. Marcia September 20, 2015 at 3:12 am Reply

    We were on a road trip once and the people on the highway in front of us had a newborn out of its carrier and the mom was just holding it “loose”. It blew my mind that someone would do that in this day and age. When we were in Europe this summer, tourists pushing each other was pretty outrageous too.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration September 20, 2015 at 7:12 am Reply

      Ahh yes, tourists in Europe often cut the line. Very annoying !

  6. Tricia@MissSippipiddlin September 20, 2015 at 4:48 am Reply

    I would be anoyed at all of those! It’s just bad parenting when you can’t or choose not to do anything to your children an let them be a nuisance. Whatever happened to children should be seen an not heard. Good lordy my grandparents would roll over it their Graves.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration September 20, 2015 at 7:13 am Reply

      And I was blessed with the gift of patience but seriously, I was being pushed to my limit by some upper power that day !

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