Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Another one rides the bus

I am back from my weekend "paseo". Nothing too exciting to report, although I did watch a French film with Spanish subtitles and understood it. Yeah!! Other than that the visit with Zoey went well. We mostly hung out and caught up. Her site is gorgeous. She is in the middle of coffee country, so lots of rolling, green, green hills. The bus ride back was pretty exciting. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get on the bus because it was a holiday and the office was closed so I couldn't buy a ticket. When I got to the stop there were about 25 people waiting for the bus and only about 10 of them had tickets. But... this is Costa Rica. We all got on. There were about 7 of us that didn't have seats, but I was just glad to be moving. I figured standing on the bus was better than standing at the bus stop. The only problem was that at the next towns, there were people with tickets so we ended up doing a lot of shuffling and about 15-20 of us ended up standing in the aisles. I am sure it was all up to code. :) So the big lesson I learned is that there is no Spanish translation for "The bus is full, you cannot get on."


Anonymous said...

This seems to hit close to home here. We went to Santiago last weekend. We had dentist appointments Monday, so we thought we'd take the time and spend the weekend there. Our activity Saturday was going to an interactive museum with the kids. On the way, we took the subway - all fine and dandy - 10:00 am, not many people. The way home was quite a bit different! It was closer to 6:00 pm, and at the second stop all the seats and handrails were occupied. We weren't even on the main line yet. We had to switch trains in one spot and we were getting off at the last stop. It was packed all the way. It's hard to convince 4- and 6-year olds that they need to hold on when there's no place for them to do so. They kept getting stepped on and quickly learned to stand really close to us as we came to a stop. All in all, though, it was really worth the trip. I can't imagine riding the subway during rush hour if it was that packed on Saturday afternoon. The good part is that the kids didn't have to pay, so it cost us a grand total of $2 to get clear across town on the subway. It cost about $5 for the taxi to get from the hotel to the subway station, and it only took about 3 minutes. It's amazing to me the number of people that use the public transportation systems here. I guess growing up in small towns doesn't really expose us to this world.
If you ever get a break, come visit us here in Chile!

Verdita said...

Sounds like RE-1 .....Can you guess who is writing this? First guess, Carol, is wrong!!! Try again. I like the way CR approaches unwanted riders. We should learn from them. Standing in the aisle is forbotten aqui, que lastimas!

Anonymous said...

Ah, the Adventures of Miss K. I laugh a lot, but think you are truly brave to be expieriencing the PC. I hop you are able to keep you "blog" notes for the end of your "tour" so you can write your best seller, movie rights, Broadway?
Long story short, I'm moving next week, but will have the same e-mail; I'll send the new address and phone number as I get it.
Love you MUCHO, Conchita.
Aunt Wy

Anonymous said...

Hi Kel,
All of these adventures turn into memories, pretty cool huh? I was never brave enough to ride an Egyptian bus, my maid told too many horrific stories about being gropped and pinched, I just couldn't go there.

We are off house hunting next weekend, will be in Phoenix for nine days, I will return and Kevin stays another week. Will be so glad to re-settle again. I have decided that our life of being in constant upheavle is our way of serving community. The bummer is that when we get to a city the water isn't so good to drink, but after we leave it is. Can hardly wait to get back to our home in BV and our wonderful well.

I can imagine that you are experiencing more and more rain, am concerned about you with the hurricanes that roar through.

Take care, Love, Godmother