Are you brave enough to ride a bus in Nicaragua?
I live in Managua, work in Veracruz and take the bus from and to the Huembes terminal nearly every day. To get there I ride the Tipitapa bus that passes by the closest stop from my house. I have been taking this route for about a year and a half. And so far I have lived to tell the tale.
While most days are gratefully boring, there have been a few things I won’t forget. Here’s a breakdown of what I have seen:
62 people giving speeches before asking for money
1 loud argument between a money asker and a very religious lady
54 near misses with other vehicles
1 near miss that sent a girl flying into the front of the bus while holding her baby
4 times pulled over be the cops
1 drunk pandillero whipped with a belt by another pandillero while a policeman looked on from his seat
2 drunks kicked off (both for making rude advances on women)
1 phone pickpocketed (mine)
8 dogs, 4 chickens, 1 pig, 1 turkey
125 people on a bus built for 52
Keep in mind I am not including things I have experienced on rural buses in Nicaragua (I would have to include iguanas, parrots a
Well, I never saw anyone carrying a live turkey on the bus in the US.
But two hours of transit round trip in a public bus for $0.80 vs. $15 in a private taxi? I’ll take the bus, thanks.
(This post was written on my phone while riding the bus.)