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Don't Chicken with Me

Posted by
Nitin (Mayenne, France) on 26 October 2012 in Transportation and Portfolio.

One of most common sights in Central America, especially down south, is that of these incredibly colorful, vibrant, crowded and packed buses, called 'Chicken Buses'. They were so called because in earlier times they were used to fetch chickens and eggs to and fro from the local markets, but later began fetching people, who are stuffed into these buses no less than chickens.

Having traveled in it myself I can say it's both a treat and a nightmare. Treat cos you see stories of people all around you and our amazed at how well it works - 6 people seating in place of 4, where the 2 people in the centre are seated butt-pressed to each other in an interlocking manner and are held tight as such. Nightmare for the way they are driven, crazy speeds and constant jerks and bounces. Nightmare also cos you never know what may happen to your luggage. Nightmare also cos you never know what pet you may come across right next to you (the guy who sat next to me in one of these buses had a pet Iguana on his shoulders!)

Nevertheless, a pleasant journey is not a high expectation. You more or less get more or less where you intend to in more or less the time you intended to reach there. Not a bad deal, I guess!

NIKON D90 1/2500 second F/3.2 ISO 200 50 mm

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