An interesting conversation ensued between me and a commuter in the bus on my way to the subway.
I got into the bus, sat near the driver and tried searching for the transport fare. I gathered as much coins as was on me but didn’t raise the amount needed for the fare. I was short of 10 rubles. Of course I had other monies on me – notes that is.
The lady had asked me to pass her fare to the driver as the custom is in Russia – he who sits next to the driver passes the fare. On checking the fare I noticed that she had given ten rubles more. I mention it to her and further proceeded to ask if it was in an effort to subsidize my own transport fare. She laughed and ask why I would have her subsidize my fare. I say I am a student. (Conversations like these are very sweet in Russian).
“Dude, you are a student but you are also a man. So choose which one you want to be.” She finally asserted.
Too smart a reply it was. I was impressed.
I’m sure you know what I chose to be 🙂