The teeny weeny subway of the giant metropole


There’s nothing like the Istanbul subway. We now have it for about 3-4 years and it’s an experience to be had.

First of all, there is the security issue. The security cameras placed everywhere do not record anything. Only one of all 100 people carrying bags are searched thoroughly (yeah, we all got a bit paranoid after the bombings last year). Then, there are the passengers who constantly try to pass over the yellow line and the security staff warning them to stay back in a very unfriendly manner. Bored of waiting for the train, when you try to watch the ads on the metrovision, the huge Exit sign blocks your field of view. An alternative to that would be watching the passengers on the other platform, who all try to find the Exit sign helplessly. When the train arrives, the battle between those who try to get off and on takes place and adds to the joy.

1 Comment so far

  1. Art (unregistered) on April 13th, 2005 @ 6:55 pm

    No one minds the yellow line in New York subways, and I can’t imagine any security personnel scolding people for stepping over it.

    I actually write about the subways daily over at the New York site ( I suppose my concerns are a tad more juvenile. Ahem.

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