I find exceptional how the Public transport works here at Vancouver, and of course it´s absolutely different from another cities I´ve lived in.
Sometimes you can see the sign “Sorry, full bus”, and that´s why buses don´t accept more people when there is enough inside. Inside the bus is often quiet and the people usually speak lowly. Another good thing is that you can trust in the timetable. One day, we were in Grouse Mountain and the bus driver was a couple of minutes earlier for his route so he just stopped in the second stop and read the newspaper until the exactly hours it has to start. It was kind of funny see the bus stopped and the bus driver reading, but it´s good to be able to trust the public transportation.
Absolutely different .Comparing with Vancouver is like a jungle, there is only one law; the law of the strongest. Of course there is no limit in the “capacity” so when you think: How can I am going to get in? In that moment a little woman or an old man or someone pushes the rest of the people to get in and the worse of all is that in the meanwhile you stay there with stupid face out of the bus waiting for the next crowed one.
In Madrid is better don´t doubt, just do it, otherwise leave home with time… And once you are lucky enough and you are inside, put the music loud and be patient if you don´t want to heard all the gossip of the city!
Well, Rome rocks! And the transportations are totally crazy there! I have been living there for 9 months and I don´t remember to pay any bus ticket! You can enter for the backdoor and the bus driver doesn´t say anything so… anyone or not that much people usually pay for the services… When my parents visited me I even made them not to pay. I remember the face of my mother so scared all the way long. Maybe this is not something to write in a blog but if you have been living in Rome for a while, you will understand what I am saying. Of course if they caught you will have to pay a penalty! So better not to try if you are a tourist!
Wherever you are, is always funny to know the differences and learn about that!