The Bus

Taking the bus, you either love it or hate it.  Taking the bus can be a very good thing.  After all you can go anywhere in the country for very cheap.  You let someone else do the driving while you take in the sights.  A lot of people ride the bus so it cuts down on how many cars are on the road so it cuts down on emissions.  It’s a really good thing…most of the time.

Now, remember this is just my personal experiences so I can’t say what everyone else goes through.

Waiting for the city bus, even in San Jose, you need to flag them down like a taxi.  Just because you are standing at a bus stop, doesn’t mean they are going to stop for you.  I have seen people sit at a bus stop for hours not wanting a bus.  Why?  I have no idea.  I think they just wanted out of the house and probably away from the kids.  You really need to pay attention when waiting for your bus as well, otherwise they are going to pass you by.  Make sure you read the front of the bus to know it is the right one or not as it is approaching.  Wave that arm until they stop, or you see them put on their turn signal to pull over.

Waiting at the bus terminal can be a real bear at times.  They start lining up about 30 minutes before the bus is scheduled to leave.  We always got in line then so we could get our favorite seats, way in the back with leg room and no one kicking you in your back or the person in front of you reclining their seat into your lap.  Some buses are much nicer than others.  You have your typical city buses that do short routes, then you have your bigger buses that do the longer routes.  Those are usually the 2-4 hour rides.  Some of those have A/C, but not all of them.  Oh, and we do have some double-decker buses down here too.  I have seen those going to and from San Jose and Limon.  I was always very happy to get on a bus that had A/C.  When they first started these buses in our area people didn’t realize that they had A/C and always tried to open the windows.  The bus driver would yell at them to close it, they finally got the hint about it.

So, we do have some really nice buses here.  Not the chicken buses like you used to see in the movies, not an old school bus, but real buses.  The old school buses are usually used as work buses for pineapple farms and such.  Also, in my area we don’t have real school buses.  We have the 15 person passenger vans that pick up the kids.  The parents are responsible for paying or the transportation also, not the government.  I have a friend that drives one of these.  They are trying to get it changed to where the government does pay for the transportation, it would really help out a lot of the families who are poor and don’t live close to the school.

Well, some days are better riding the bus than others.  My husband and I would do our best to not take the bus on a Friday, that is when everyone gets paid.  Also, never go to a bank on Friday because it is packed.  There were times that there would only be a few of us on the bus at a time, then there were times it was standing room only.  Imagine taking a two hour bus ride through the mountains while standing.  Done that before.  I have seen it so crowded that the bus driver will get up and tell people to keep moving to the back of the bus to make more room.  Then you have someone who needs to get off the bus through this crowd of people.  It can take them several minutes just to try to make it to the door.  This makes the ride that much longer.

The bus is very reliable though.  It is cheap too.  It can just take a while.  We finally did buy a car.  My back was getting to the point that riding the bus was extremely painful.  Standing and waiting and then sitting for a few hours without getting up, after that I am in a lot of pain.  I have to be able to get up and move every so often.  I have included a link to a youtube video that I think you will enjoy.  It does help to explain how the bus can be at times. It is not always like this though, but it does happen.  Until manaña, Pura Vida!

One response

  1. Hi Cheri, I have been reading your blog and love it. My husband and I are thinking about retiring in Costa Rica. In fact we are making a trip there this fall. Would love to talk more with you. Maybe we could connect up via FB.

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