The bus system in Spain is a bit
complicated for me! (I’m sure Japanese transportation system is much more complicated though:P)
I stayed at my friend’s house in Alicante. It’s very lovely time so I will write about it later. Now I want to note about how to get to Nieva where I work from tomorrow!
First, I took a bus from Alicante to Madrid. I couldn’t buy a ticket online in advance... But many people on the internet said noramlly it wouldn’t be fully booked so no need to buy in advance. Good! I didn’t worry about it.
BUT! When I arrived there 30mins before departure. There’s only one seat left...! Yes, it’s fully booked! Even though it depart at 0:45, midnight! Oh... I was very lucky...
Nieva is a small village so I need to take a bus. But a big company of long distance buses, ALSA, stopped running just a week before of my departure!! God!
so I took a bus of AVANZA from Moncloa station. I arrived at Escation Sur so I took a metro to Moncloa. Escation sur is big bus station so I thought Moncloa would be also big enough. But...no! It’s for mainly local people, I guess. So I couldn’t find a ticket machine.
well, now I know that there’s normally a desk for
buying a ticket on B2. Platforms are on B1. I was looking for the machine or the desk on B1... I was afraid if they sold tickets only on the internet...
then, I asked a man “no tomar billete. Donde??”
lol broken Spanish! But he understood so I finally found the desk!!
So the bus would depart at 10:00 am. I was there 15 mins before 10:00. Then realized that there’s two buses, one would go to Segovia directly at 10:00 and other one would go to Segovia at 11:00.
hmm...??? Nieva is farther Segovia. I was very nervous if there’s something wrong... the bus to Nieva runs only twice on Sunday and the last departs at 10:00! If I missed this, I should wait til next day... no! I don’t want to!
so! I asked a driver which supposed to depart at 11:00 in broken Spanish.
”quiero ir a Nieva!”
He said this bus goes to Nieva. Okay, good! So I got on the bus and it departed at 10:00. Well, something wrong on the board at the platform.
now I’m on the bus and writing this!
AVANZA BUS has WiFi, and a screen for watching movies but no toilet...!
so... now I am a bit nervous if I can get off at Nieva...:P but I have google map and I know what time we arrive. I hope the farmers and volunteers are nice!
taking a bus is a small challenge for me but landscapes are sooooo beautiful! And much cheaper!! I recommend you to take a bus!