bookmark_borderSecure bus travel

Bus Queue
Originally uploaded by chamarisk

Yesterday, I wanted to go to Edinburgh by bus, and I managed to get a return ticket online at a reasonable price.

I arrived at the bus station two hours before the bus was due to leave to make sure I’d be on it.

I then had to stand in a long queue to check in.

They checked my passport, but then they said my bag was too big and I had to check it in, which cost me an extra five quid.

I saw my bag move away on the conveyor belt, and I then went through security.

I had forgotten I had a pen knife in my pocket, so they of course confiscated it, but apart from that, I got through without any problems.

I was very thirsty, but of course I couldn’t bring any drinks through, so I had to buy a drink at a far too high price in the transit area. I just wished I could wait outside, but of course that wasn’t possible.

Finally my bus was ready for departure, and I went to the stance and went on board.

When we arrived in Edinburgh, I went to pick up my bag from the carrousel, but it wasn’t there. At the information counter, they said it had ended up on the wrong bus and was now on its way to Inverness, but they’d get it back to me asap – which turned out to be two days later.

All in all a normal bus trip. But sometimes I wonder why bus travel can’t be as easy as flying?

bookmark_borderThe Bornholmian Bag Model

Old batteries
Originally uploaded by Eva the Weaver

I read an interesting article about used battery collection in the Danish newspaper Politiken.

Apparently, the city council of Bornholm has invented a revolutionary model to collect used batteries, which has led to sky-high collection rates.

The model, called Den Bornholmske Posemodel “The Bornholmian Bag Model”, is actually very simple.

Instead of requiring people to take their batteries to recycling stations or Ikea, people can just put their used batteries in a plastic bag (not a special one, any one will do) and put it on top of their wheelie bin when it’s taken out for collection anyway. The binmen will then put the plastic bag into a special container.

Sometimes the simple ideas are the best!