Yesterday, I had to go to Jacó to take care of some business, and since I didn’t want to pour buckets of sweat, I rode the bus. Just before 9am, I walked to the closest bus stop, near Super La Amistad, about a kilometer away. Nobody at the stop. I likely just missed the last bus. I sat down. A horse was tied to a tree behind me.
More and more people showed up at the bus stop, some coming from the little small section of housing across the street that seems to be its own little village.
After 20 minutes, the bus came, we boarded, we left. The horse stayed.
I took care of business in Jacó, got a delicious pastry from this amazing panaderia, then went to the closest bus stop to catch the next ride home. Along the way, Fruity Monkey Poop. I was tempted to investigate more closely, especially since there were nuts involved. I decided to look into it another day.
At the bus stop, things were normal. The street had the usual amount of traffic for a Tuesday, it seemed.
As I stood in the shade of a palm tree in front of a restaurant, I noticed some tile on the ground.
And some pretty flowers in the bushes lining Pastor Diaz Avenida.
Ho hum… waiting at the bus stop.
This guy (in front of the bus) has an interesting little business. He boards a bus (non-local) going one way and then sells chips, snacks, and drinks to the passengers until he gets a town or two down. Then he exits the bus and catches another one coming back, selling his wares to a new set of customers. I’ve seen him as far away as Orotina, I believe, which is about 35 kilometers.
Eventually, my bus came. This was not it, though.
Something I find interesting about the local busses is that none of them have automatic coin machines. Instead, every driver has their own little tray or satchels of organized coins to collect and hand out change as needed to boarding passengers. It sounds wildly inefficient, but it’s not like anyone’s in a rush. We are, after all, taking the bus.
Also, everyone says “Gracias” to the driver when they exit the bus at the front. It’s very pleasant to hear and see this.