There were different methods to have been able to see this transit. I listed a few in my previous post on the day of the transit. I apologize if I mislead anyone to believing that looking directly at the sun was the right thing to do - never ever look directly at the sun no matter what I say, you will burn your retinas to a crisp. Anyways, as it was explained to me, you would take a piece of paper and poke a penpoint-size hole through it. Hold the paper close to the ground so that you can see the little hole of light on the ground. Hold it there until you see a small dark circle moving across the little gap of light - it is possible! Other things you can use for this are saltine crackers (and then eat them afterwards incelebration, I guess). If you are fortunate enough, you could have gotten a pair of welder's glasses to put on and look directly at the sun. However, most people don't own welder's glasses.
Although I tried, I myself could not get a mere glimpse of the twin planet crossing the sun in the late afternoon. However, for history's sake, I can say that I was there when it happened, I tried, and was outside as Venus was crossing the sun - that is more than most people care to do. So I hope that my children and grandchildren can appreciate the fact that I was a part of a rare, but predictable, phenomenon in history.