Antigua and the infamous "Chicken Bus"

Trip Start Oct 10, 2007
Trip End May 15, 2008

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

So, I bet some of you thought I would never leave San Pedro.  After 6 weeks I finally jumped onto a ¨chicken bus¨ or, locally known as camionetas or autobusses (spelling?), in the same way they threw my bag on top of the bus and tied it down with rope within 3 seconds.  They´ve added a few new touches to these buses like roof bars for those standing, luggage racks for small bags, and, at times a radio for some great Latin tunes. 
These chicken buses are painted in such a way that I may have actually been excited to go to school in the early morning.  During my younger years I had no idea as to the capabilities of the vehicle I was in.  The speed, agility, smooth back ups on tight curves and the use of the door as another bar to hold onto.  Yellow line, what yellow line?!!
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mediafolk on

great post!
hilarious! i remember these buses - crowded to the hilt, screaming/crying kids, goats, chickens and dust everywhere . . . you rock for going native!

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