About the Blog

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My purpose in writing this blog is to hopefully inform, inspire, provoke thought, share thoughts, discuss certain topics, and even encourage feedback related to travel and transportation.  I have always felt that the best way to understand a state or country’s cultures and values is through their urban centers, and the best way to understand an urban center is a combination of understanding road networks and accessing public transit.

My blog aims to serve a dual purpose.  First, I wish to inform readers to the best of my ability about different terms and concepts that are used by transportation industry insiders and experts, employees and enthusiasts alike.  I want to incorporate relevant articles in newspapers and trade magazines as a way to put the information out there as well as provide opinions or commentary based on my experiences and personal research.   Second, I wish to reflect on recent and past travels, how I decided to take certain trips, what provoked me to visit certain parts of the country or even overseas, my travel booking methods, and sights, sounds, places, and eateries I have enjoyed.  Every person’s methods are different, but the main goal is to enjoy oneself and be enlightened by the exposure to how others live.  Hopefully readers will comment on their experiences, recommendations, and possibly other websites and blogs to check out while surfing and updating Facebook.

As for the title of the blog, aside from the countless nights trying to find the perfect most suitable name for my blog, the actual inspiration for my blog comes from several sources:  a) my conversations with several good friends whom I have known for many years and with whom I have articulated many concepts and ideas; b) my years of travel across the United States and Canada along with its experiences, friendships made, and hundreds of dollars spent on flights and other tickets, and c) a co-worker (and others) who follows my travel-related Facebook posts almost religiously and “lives vicariously through me” (her words), pitching the idea of a blog to share my thoughts and ideas (and eventually be discovered).

I felt that, through feedback from several friends and meticulous brainstorming, I had to find a title that combines my love of urban public transit with my eagerness to travel around the world and explore primarily by public transit.  Being that some of the greatest titles of blogs and journals that I have seen are mainly short and concise (with maybe a lengthy tagline), I went with a search for two words, words that aren’t necessarily used in conjunction in normal dialogue but best fit my motive, words that together can describe who I am and who I strive to be, words that convey a sense of urban dwelling, carfree living, a likening to other cultures with similar experiences,

I started with words synonymous with travel, such as expedition, nomad, jet set, and wanderlust.  I continued with words related to transit such as metro, transfer, trainspotting, and token.  Thinking they were too cliche, I went with words related to urban living such as metropolitan, urbane, and municipal and found synonyms of those words, many of them speaking about the type of personality traits commonly associated with people who live in cities.  It was within that 11th hour of brainstorming when I came up with my two words:

Keen:

1.finely sharpened, as an edge; so shaped as to cut or pierce substances readily
2.sharp, piercing, or biting
3.characterized by strength and distinctness of perception; extremely sensitive or responsive
4.having or showing great mental penetration or acumen
5.animated by or showing strong feeling or desire

Synonyms include impassioned, vehement, devoted, interested
Source: http://www.dictionary.com

Cosmopolitan:

1.free from local, provincial, or national ideas, prejudices, or attachments; at home all over the world.
2.of or characteristic of a cosmopolite.
3.belonging to all the world; not limited to just one part of the world.
4.widely distributed over the globe.
Synonyms include metropolitan, universal, urbane, worldly, cultivated
Put those two words together, with their associated meaning, and you have a description of what I am looking to achieve from writing this blog, for self and for my audience.  Though there is not a bit related to public transit in either term, the concept I am going for is further self-education and enlightenment through world travel and transit exploration which I included in the tagline to complement the title.
With that said, I hope this makes for some interesting reading, and do return to read more and provide some feedback as well.
Thank you!

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