Bus ride (of death!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Taking the bus here in PV can be quite the experience. No, the buses themselves aren't as nasty as the ones I encountered in MTY, but most of them aren't that much better. MTY had a bus system that mirrored its class system: there were a few really really clean, modern and pretty buses; there were a lot of so-so busses, and there were even more ugly ones.

Here in town, pretty much all the busses are equally crappy (except for like 3 that go through the touristy zone, arggghhh). Plus, a bus ride here can be a very "interesting" journey. Most of the streets in downtown are paved with cobblestone, so as you can imagine, they make for quite a bumpy ride while in a normal car. You'd think that on a bus you'd feel it less, but you'd be wrong because:

A) The suspensions on these things suck
B) The seats are as stiff as can be
C) The bus drivers make it through the hilly section of downtown as if they were a fucking rocket, and what you get is the Central-Mexican equivalent of the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. Sans the safety belts and cheesy special effects. And any peace of mind about your well-being.

There is this one really steep street that, when being driven over at top bus speed, feels like a fucking drop on a roller coaster; I'm serous, there was this one time when these American kids yelled in excitement and lifted their hands as if they were in a Six Flags park... WTF?!?!?! I mean as if the damn bus had really reliable breaks or as if there were any seat belts available. Quite "fun".

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