IELTS Cue Card 61: Describe a time when you traveled by public transportation

Well, I regularly use public transportation for travelling. Here I am going to describe a train journey that i took last year between Malerkotla and Amritsar. I had made the same journey several times before, but last year journey by train to Amritsar was unusual because something happened that I wasn’t expecting.

It was a Sunday morning and I had to reach Amritsar that evening. There was no traffic at all. I drove to Malerkotla Railway Station and I was expecting a nice, peaceful trip on a half empty train. But my first surprise came when I tried to print my prepaid ticket at one of the ticket machines. Ticket was showing no reserved seat which means that I would get seat only if there is any vacant. I was still wondering why my seat was not reserved.

Suddenly, I heard loud voices and chanting coming from the main rail platform. Then I came to know what was happening. Actually, I was going to be on a train full of pilgrims who were travelling to Naina-Devi Pilgrimage. Luckily I managed to find a seat before the entire seat got occupied.

However, the noisy-fans made sure that I could not concentrate on my work. I could not even read the newspaper without being interrupted by laughter and chanting. In the end, I just sat and relaxed with a cup of coffee, watching and listening to the excited pilgrims. All in all, it was not a bad journey.

I love travelling by train and at least I had a comfortable seat. I could sit back and relax for a couple of hours. I would have preferred quieter trip but the pilgrims were all friendly and co-operative. So I could not really complain. But still I was hoping that I would not see them while on the way back to home.  So, this was the time when I traveled by public transport.


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