I have lived in France three times now, and I’ve never felt the need to own a car. There are metros, busses, trams and trains galore. You can get pretty much anywhere using public transit.
Most of the time, I am quite content using transports en commun.
The other day, however, I had an experience that almost made me give up public transit forever (alas I am not rich enough to own a car in France!).
After work, I got the same bus I always do to head towards the train station, but something was not right.
This bus smelled like vomit.
This bus had water all over the floor.
This bus smelled. like. vomit.
Putting two and two together, clearly somebody had vomited on this very bus, and the public transportation gods thought they could just hose the bus down and everything would be ok!
IT. WAS. NOT. OKAY.
I was seated by a window, and although it was open to the max, the smell of puke infiltrated my nostrils with no sense of compassion.
I thought I, too, was going to throw up.
Somehow or another, I managed to survive trapped inside the barf bus and not blow chunks.
I had never been so grateful to arrive at my destination and breathe fresh air.