We quickly figured out that we would need to buy bus tickets. After walking around for quite some time, we eventually found the place to buy the tickets. This took asking around a lot, going into several places that do not sell bus tickets (such as a post office) and getting some strange looks. Most of all, we ran into a lot of very kind people who helped us find our way to the little booth that sold us the tickets. Finally! We were so happy to be able to buy our tickets- only to be encountered with another challenge- which tickets to buy. We asked a lot of questions and slowly figured it out. At last, we were on our way. And then, another challenge stopped us in our tracks. We weren’t sure which bus to actually get on. After a little bit of confusion, and the help
stops around that could take us where we needed to go next. So, we started walking. A lot. Eventually we were told that there was an app for the bus system, which did help, but only once we had made it all the way to Glory Chapel! With the app, we were able to get to the final bus stop and make it back downtown. From there, we earned enough points to get some lunch! With very sore feet, and a newfound appreciation for cars, we walked to Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue for lunch.
I thought this experience was very beneficial. It definitely made me realize how challenging it can be to use the bus system; it takes a lot of time and can be very inconvenient. Before this experience I didn’t realize how fortunate I was to have a car, but after riding on the buses (and walking a lot!) I was very thankful for the easy transportation I had to get home that day.
I think the students were really impacted by their scavenger hunt as well. It was designed as a simulation of a teenager, given a list of errands to run for his mother that day. A lot of the students came back talking about how much they had to walk and what it was like to ride the bus- the public transportation system being entirely new to them. They also had exciting stories about the people they had been able to interact with and even pray for along the way. Even though the scavenger hunt was challenging at times, it was a great way to experience Life In The City.
Written by Jenna Adendorff.
Written by the many voices of The Hartford Project!