Train Rides with Mrs.D’Alba

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Photo Credit: Mrs. D'Abla

Mrs.D’Abla taking her morning train ride to school.

Veralie Naranjo, Staff Writer

Many people aren’t aware that our very own Rosary religion teacher Mrs. D’Alba has been taking the train for 10 years now. She absolutely enjoys each train ride even though it is very time-consuming.

Mrs.D’Alba arriving to train stop. (Photo Credit: Mrs. D’Abla)

When Mrs. D’Alba takes the train each morning, she is always ready and prepared to leave time for everything. Mrs. D’Alba said, “I wake up at 4:30 am. I need to take care of the dogs, get packed up, walk the dogs, and leave the house by 6 am. My train pulls into Laguna Niguel at 6:19, and I arrive in Fullerton around 7:10 and I leave school by 3:25 to park the van and walk from the parking structure to the train. My train comes in at 4 pm, and I am home by 5 pm. It is a long day.”

The train is completely empty. (Photo Credit: Mrs. D’Abla)

But why does Mrs. D’Alba love the train so much? She said, “The train is an adventure. You meet a wide variety of individuals. I started riding the train ten years ago, and I love it. There is an element of inconvenience, but at the same time, it allows me to accomplish many things during the time I would be driving. I live 50 minutes from Rosary, and the drive is long. The train reduces my carbon footprint and contributes to Care for God’s Creation.”

Although we are in a pandemic, Mrs. D’Alba still gets to meet different people six-feet-apart. She says, “Before COVID, I had many train buddies. We would sit in our same seats and become very annoyed when someone takes our regular seat. We would talk and share stories. The conductors know us, and we talk every day. Now, I am alone on the train, sometimes I am the only person in the car. It is lonely but restful because sometimes you don’t feel like talking.”

Mrs. D’Alba taking a quick selfie as she is arriving at her destination. (Photo Credit: Mrs. D’Abla)

So, if you ever plan on taking the train for the first time. Don’t be afraid to ask Mrs. D’Alba! She would be more than happy to help you and answer any questions you may have. “