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  •  Hey, I think I was on that bus! (2+ / 0-)
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    conchita, asterkitty

    from oaxaca to pochutla which very nearly slid off the side of the mountain in the middle of the night because the rains had eroded the road.

    Well, it was the bus to Monte Alban-but it did nearly veer off the cliff several times because of the rain. That was probably the scariest ride I had in Mexico-riding with the bananas wasn't scary.

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    by catilinus on Sat May 01, 2010 at 08:38:02 PM PDT

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      yep.  everyone was yelling "abre la puerta" and trying to climb out windows because the driver was too busy trying to manage the bus to be able to get up and open the door.  i'd just had an amazing weekend and decided if it was my night to die so be it.  and no one would ever know because no one but my friends in huatulco knew i was on the bus and they only knew that i'd be back in a week or so.  

      obviously, the bus made it back to oaxaca but it did require all of the men on the bus working together to build up the road so that we could pass.  i will never forget it.  i've considered traveling on as many local and classe ordinaire buses as possible and photographing the front windows, but i won't if i've got it in me to take that route ever again.  there was a reason why the classe ordinaire got there two hours faster than the luxe and it wasn't the different route - it was because the music was up loud and the driver careened down those hairpin turns stopping only long enough for someone to quickly hop on and his little boys closed the door behind them while the bus was already moving.  i loved being a part of it but wish i hadn't chosen a seat right behind the driver.  

      i hope your diary gets read by a lot more people - hard to say at this hour on a weekend.  you've written about stuff that people should hear about.

      •  I read your post & realized how lucky I was never (1+ / 0-)
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        to have sat right behind a driver in the sierras. Also, I was spared ever having to help build up a road....

        A looong time ago I took Greyhound from SF to the Border. Then boarded a Tres Estrellas de Oro bus that traversed Mexico, switched at the Guatemalan border & eventually reached El Salvador...all on buses. That trip was...overwhelming. From the northern border of Mexico to the southern the bus had two drivers, with each taking turns sleeping on a mattress in one of the luggage storage units below.

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        by catilinus on Sun May 02, 2010 at 10:45:01 AM PDT

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        •  omg, i forgot about the luggage "berth" (0+ / 0-)

          when i would take a similar bus line from oaxaca to huatulco, we would get there around 5 am and the driver would crash down there immediately.  i only knew because i left a bag one day and one of the local kids woke him up for me.  

          i cannot imagine taking a bus non stop from sf to el salvador.  how long did it take?  i like traveling by bus in mexico - you see so much and they stop at great roadside cafes.  am considering taking my 74 year old mum with me this summer.  she's never been to mexico and would like it.  not sure yet where we should go.  i love oaxaca but wonder if it is the same after the events during the election.  pluto and i have plans to meet there too and i hope it will still be a good place for two political gringas.  the friend who i would have married is zacatecan from aguas calientes originally and all that i have read about it makes me think it should be the next destination or maybe san cristobal in chiapas. friends just bought land in puerto escondido, but that is too touristy to go to with my mum or pluto.  any places you love in particular?

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