Sunday, July 6, 2014

In the bus

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The newer Metropoline buses I take from Meitar to Beer Sheva (about a 40 minute ride)  have all the comforts.
Free WiFi, USB sockets, folding tray tables for your laptop, plush seats, individual overhead A/C and lights, a clock, and curtains or shades.
In front, a screen shows and announces the coming stops.
When the driver opens the underneath luggage compartment door, the screen shows who is taking which bag.
There are seat belts, of course, but Israelis consider it not cool to ever use them.
A ticket costs 7.50 shekels ($2.20), but as a senior citizen I pay only half price.


Some passengers get on the bus and immediately connect their gadgets.
Sometimes I start to imagine  these are their infusion lines.
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UPDATE:  Well, I won't be going in to Beer Sheva any time soon.
Yesterday several Grad rockets were aimed at the city; one or two were shot down by Iron Dome.
And now tonight this about Omer, the town between us and Beer Sheva:
News item by Matti Siver
Published: 07.06.14, 23:26 / Israel News
Masked protestors from Tel Sheva, a Bedouin town bordering Beersheba, are throwing Molotov cocktails and hurling stones at cars at the entrance of the southern Jewish community of Omer.
Damage was caused to several vehicles.

8 comments:

Spiderdama said...

So long since I took the bus.. Looks like they connect directly to the "heaven-express":-)
Wish you a wonderful week ahead

William Kendall said...

It looks quite similar to our buses.

cieldequimper said...

That's very cheap.

Dina, I'm so sorry...

Birdman said...

Even a simple bus ride is in cased with hazard there. Kinda sad.

VP said...

I can't really understand these always-connected guys... It is obviously an age thing!

Maggie Ann said...

I cannot imagine Grad rockets aiming at any city....the bus looks comfortable though. We go everwhere by car....so far. With one usb port....smile.

Cloudia said...

Amazing transit!

Sounds lame to say it, but you, and everyone there are in our thoughts and prayers moment to moment.


Shalom

Reader Wil said...

I feel sad that you have to live with a bombshelter. When will we all live in peace? We hear a lot on the radio and on TV. This bus is beautiful.Dina I wish you strength and courage, and hopfully there will be no bombs near you.
Stay safe and take care.