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Talking about bus service

Roughing it up in Paraguay

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We have been really impressed with the bus service here in Paraguay. You don't have to get on or get off at bus stops. You just tell the driver when you want to get off and he stops immediately. You can also wave down a bus anywhere and the bus stops and lets you in. Now that's service. Of course its a bit slower, but who cares. Who's in a hurry?

Then you can compare this to at home where the bus driver gets kicks out of seeing a poor person run to the door when he misses the bus by 2 seconds and the driver refuses to open the doors once he has closed them although the person is standing outside the door and the bus is standing still in red lights.

This also seems to be one of those countries where people selling food and other stuff hop on the bus and ride for a while so that people can buy their stuff. It's fun, cause the bus ride gets more interesting and easier to bear.

A new phenomenon here are people who get on the bus and start doing a sales speach about some product, e.g. a teeth whitening product. He talks for about 10 minutes and then he starts to pass out products to people so that they can get familiar with the product and maybe buy one. When I first saw this I thought "Yeah right, who is going to buy anything from that guy", but some people actually did buy some face cream or whatever it was he was selling.

Then there are people who get on the bus and immediately start giving products to people, e.g. hair ribbons. He gives ribbons to everybody without saying a word, and then when everybody has a ribbon, he starts collecting them back. The ones who want to buy them keep the product and gives the guy some money.

Well, whatever to get food on the table, right?

Posted by AnnaMickus 12:26 Archived in Paraguay

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