After a two week adventure, JR-passing her way through Japan’s internationally renown rail system and consuming copious amounts of sashimi, quarantined Sydney girl, Davina Ong, now rolls her eyes at the sound of her Opal card.
The Opal System is Sydney’s attempt at a tap-on, tap-off public transport system.
“Urrrgh” breathes Davina this morning as the machine takes three seconds to register her card.
“Why can’t they just have something more modern, like the JR-pass?”
Adding to her misery, the screen reads ‘-$4.50’, a considerably higher tariff in comparison to the 200 yen ticket she had enjoyed in Tokyo.
Davina’s disdain for Sydney’s rail network becomes apparent again when she alights the Airport link platform .
“Urrgh. 15 minutes till the next train? If this was Shibuya, there would be an up-rising. How am I going to get to my house and quarantine?”
Hopping aboard the City Service, Davina immediately takes notes of the poor etiquette on display from passengers.
“No face masks to stop the spread of COVID-19, headphones too loud, and half the people probably fare evading”.
As she has this thought, two transit officers aboard the train to check for fair evasions. Davina remembers the time in Osaka when she didn’t have the correct fare, but was able to pay the rest when she got off at the station.
“The culture here’s just so untrusting compared to a society like Japan”
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