Here Say is a project in community storytelling. We travel to a new place each week and ask people to share true stories about things we all experience: love, family, learning and more. To see where we've been, check out our interactive map.
Desiree Long remembered a time when her cross-country train trip didn’t go exactly as planned.
“This was when my mother was still alive and she lived in California, so I was going on the Southwest Chief to visit her. We left Kansas City pretty much on time and then we go to La Junta where you know the train stops a little bit and they take out the trash and everything. We waited and waited and waited for the train to start again and then they us there had been a freight train derailed a little further down the tracks. So there was no way our train could get past it until it was moved. We must have waited for three or four hours, and I guess at that point they must have realized the train was not going to get moved, so they rented some buses from Albuquerque and they bussed us down to Albuquerque to catch the train that was going East which then turned around and went West. And they bussed the people from Albuquerque to our train in La Junta which turned around and went East. Then once we left Albuquerque, somewhere in the middle of the desert, our train hit a cow, so I got in to Los Angeles about eight hours late. Somewhere along the way everyone realized, well there’s nothing we can do about it, so we might as well take it with good grace.”
Michael Presberg is a student at MU. He told us about his long commute to campus every day and how he’s saving up to change his daily travel.
“I actually walk about 35 minutes to the bus stop every morning. I have to get up at about 6 a.m., walk 35 minutes to the bus stop, to catch the bus at 7:20 a.m. I live at home still and don’t have enough money for a car, so I’m saving up for that. I’ve gotten to know people at the bus stops who I wouldn’t normally converse with, so it’s been a good experience. [I’d like] any car that’s inexpensive enough, to be honest, that I can afford.”
Dee Thienes traveled a lot as a child because of her dad’s position in the military. She remembers the challenges and learning experiences of living in a new culture.
“My dad was in the Air Force and so we traveled a lot and we traveled to Turkey, because my dad was stationed and that was the next place he was stationed. And even though I was really little, I was only like three or four, our maid, who was Turkish, her name was Maria and as you can tell I’m not a small person and I always liked food. So I remember that I had learned some Turkish while I was there and I has learned çok, which means more and then I learned çok daha, which means very much more. She was always very very nice, but she just didn’t speak any english. So now when I’m around other people I say, ya I speak another language, çok daha, çok daha, very much more.”
For more stories about travel, check out our interactive map here.