An extensive project, which has continuous substance in my life, is Journeys. It is a subject that branches out in numerous directions and can incorporate an extensive range of ideas, focuses, and ways in which to tackle the subject. To brainstorm this subject, one would need a canvas of a colossal size. So I have pruned these branches in order for a condensed version. And frankly, I don’t want to write an essay about it, and you definitely don’t want to read it.

So I will introduce the second set:

Set 2 – Daily journeys

It’s interesting how similar we all are, yet simultaneously different. This is reflected in people’s daily journeys they make during their regular daily lives around the globe. Physically, some have it easy, like the majority of us residing in a modern and convenient urban environment. While in other parts of the world people are faced with hazardous treks for pure survival purposes or even to get to school. People encounter such a variety of terrain, obstacles, and challenges in this world.

We all travel by basically the same modes of transport: Foot (by those of us fortunately enough to have this ability. *(Side note: I don’t think people appreciate and utilise this enough in the modern world; generally speaking), car, bike, bus, taxi, and train. And for other places there are motorbike taxis, shared taxis, rickshaws, and many more. While some people spend the majority of day or even life on the water.

Even with the similarity of transport methods, each country does it their way. When talking about private transport on the road, there are written laws, and then there’s the societies dos and don’ts… the peoples’ own rules of etiquette. Then of course there are incredibly arrogant people (*edited – using nicer words here) who feel they own the road and have the right to drive wherever and however they want… this rant could easily go on. The road is almost a stage for people to display their character, whether it’s kindness and understanding or selfishness and aggressive.

Public transport can also differ immensely. Cleanliness, punctuality, and overloading/crowding being some of the main factors that can culturally be acceptable in one country and not another.

This set is a basic documentation of some of the transportation differences I have witness through my travels. It doesn’t get to the extreme of hundreds of people sitting on the roof of passenger trains (or buses) and clinging on to the side, but I think that has already been over done and is somewhat cliché and un-relatable. But I tried to be a little subtler and show the small details, making it easier to see the similarities as well as the differences.

Sam Tavener

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