The World’s Most Unique Commutes

Did you ever think that your daily commute could be something you’d look forward to? For some lucky people around the world their commutes are nothing short of spectacular. Are you as fortunate – or daring – as some of these folks? Read the Full Transcript

  • The Stockholm Metro. Let’s just say the window washers have their work cut out for them due to these art-enthusiast riders.
  • Wuppertal Suspension Railway. This unforgettable and still-working railway is electrifying!
  • Ferry Trips. You’re not in Seattle anymore! Commuters and fun seekers alike enjoy this watery mode de transport.
  • Zip-Lining in Los Pinos, Colombia. Bundle up your babes for this exhilarating commute! (You may need Dramamine for this one.)
  • Hangzhou Bike-Sharing System. No need to personalize your ride here. Once again, China says, “Go big, or go ride a bike!”

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Transcript

Hi, you’re watching Rosetta Stone TV. Thanks for watching. Are sick of being stuck in traffic, or crammed into a subway car? Have you ever wondered if there’s another way? If so, I’m excited to bring you some of the world’s most captivating commutes.

To start off, if you like to multitask, Stockholm may offer a metro ride that piques your interest. This metro is an art gallery and transit system rolled into one! More than 150 artists showcase large-scale pieces, including installations, paintings, and sculptures, that can be seen at the majority of the metro stops. This is one ride that’s definitely worth the ticket price.

Our next must-see commute is a bit obscure, but it’s definitely worth a mention. Opened to the public in 1901, the Wuppertal Suspension Railway is the oldest electric elevated line with hanging cars in the world, and it’s still in use. Located in Wuppertal, Germany, this structure is really singular looking. Here’s a memorable anecdote: In 1950, a circus elephant, put on the railway for a big promotion, escaped from one of the railcars into the water below. Now that’s an interesting image to contemplate, while you’re being carried to work far above the city.

Next up, ferries always make for gorgeous commuting, but we’ve decided to highlight one ferry ride that stands out for its spectacular views. For commuters and leisure travelers alike, the ferry trips in Australia’s Sydney Harbor have great views of the Sydney Opera House and Taronga Zoo, among other attractions. There are even Sunday Funday passes available for a very inexpensive price, if workweek commuting just isn’t enough.

Next we’re featuring a commute that’s captivating, not because we would recommend it, but because it’s breathtaking in every sense of the word. The schoolchildren in Los Pinos, Colombia travel to school by zip line, crossing a ravine with a drop of over 1000 feet! There are two main cables, one going into town and one heading back towards the mountain village. The smallest children are carried across to school in fabric bags, since it’s too dangerous for them when the zip line hits high speeds.

Lastly, you’ve probably heard of bike shares as a green way to commute to work. In Hangzhou, China, they’re pushing the envelope with the largest bike sharing system in the world. Over 65,000 bicycles make up the smartcard-operated network. The program’s designed to be used in combination with other transportation services to get commuters “the last mile” toward their destinations. Program organizers hope to expand to 175,000 bikes by 2020.

That’s a roundup of some of the most captivating commutes in the world. If you think your commute can compete, tweet us @RosettaStone or post on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear how you get to work! Thanks for watching!

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Kelly Doscher

Kelly is the Social Media Contributor, Blogger and Editor for the Rosetta Stone and Livemocha blogs, and is an award-winning mom blogger in her spare time. She holds a B.A. in French Studies from the University of Washington, has a passion for languages, food, and travel.
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