These extroidinary events only seem to take place when traveling as few things this interesting happen to me at home. We, the group of 2 Canadians, 1 French, and 1 Brazilian had just settled in after sprinting to catch the subway. As we were catching our breaths, the train began moving. Moments later, I saw a lot of commotion a few yards away with everyone pointing, turning away in horror, etc.
I had noticed that a woman had asked a man to watch her bags for a second while she got something. So when I saw train in chaos, I somehow believed that this women had got left off the train and everyone was trying to get the conductor to stop.
I was wrong. As the train doors closed, one man managed to catch his lip in the doors. Like most people, i panicked and felt that awful chill down by back as if i were watching a gory scene from a horror movie. It was frightening because there was little to do but watch and feel his agony.
Keep in mind this whole scene took place in about 30 seconds. But a few seconds later, i ran to the door with a few other men and we began work on prying the door open. I have to admit, I am pretty happy with my reaction as I did not stand there and watch like most people. I am patting myself on the back right now in case you cannot see from your computer.
It felt useless as it was a subway door and those only open or close automatically. I am guessing it was another 10 seconds that passed before he had enough and jerked his head to pull his lip out.
One would expect a severed lip or a bloody mess but he felt fine. The train erupted in laughter at the absurdity of what just happened. He came out of the incident perfectly fine, although a bit embarrassed as he exited the train the next stop.
Between watching a man almost jump off a building in Ecuador, being attacked by 2 men in Ecuador, watching a motorcyle crash the other day…I can go on and on. The point is, I see some strange and interesting things pretty often when traveling. And that is just one small reason why traveling can be so exciting!
I like to include pictures with my posts. This is the train station. It is as close as you will get to the event.