Chicken Bus to Guatemala City
Trip Start Mar 22, 2006
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I was fortunate because about half hour into the trip, the passengers in the front seat got off and I bolted for the seat. It is the only seat that my legs fit in. Remember, they were school buses at one time. But eventually I ended up three to a seat but at least with the window seat you don't slide off during the curves.
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We did get to the city without a crash which is not that uncommon and now I see why the newspapers have daily pictures of crashes somewhere. Took a cab to the immigration office where my guide needed to get a passport to accompany me to Costa Rica. Typical cab ride - about 80 km/hr down streets with the horn tooting and pedestrians and dogs scrambling out of the way. My host was able to get a passport without any problems. Actually by the time the shoe shine guy was finished with my boots, he had his passport.
My favorite part of the trip was the stop at the shoe store. Now I know it might be a bit mean to expect to find a pair a boots to fit here when I can't find them most places in Canada. I like to play with the shoe hustlers, especially the aggressive ones
I wasn't able to take as many pictures as I wanted because I was continuously told to put my camera away because it's dangerous. Have to love it when the guide takes you to the most dangerous part of Guatemala City and then gets you on an equally dangerous inner city bus. Yet I see it completely different because there are military on every corner, police on every street and armed guards in every store. How much safer could you feel? The only dangerous thing would be the hail of bullets when some one yells "stop the robber."