I am the master of the metro. Once you get it, it is so easy and fun to ride. It is very crowded, but what is neat is that everyone rides the metro and you can get virtually anywhere … it’s only a matter of switching lines. All the numbers and colors can be confusing, but that is why you keep your trusty map with you at ALL times.
This was the most exciting and nerve-racking thing about living in a new city … the public transportation and finding your way around the city. SO many people! All the time and very much in a hurry. It is great practice for fast walking or light jogging … catching the metro when you are late or even just to find the metro station and find your line within the metro station. So many signs!
A bit overwhelming, but I reassure you, it is not bad. Trust me, if I can do it … you can do it.