Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Ride of Your Life
I am dedicating this post to all the bus drivers of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Yes, I did say bus drivers! Did you know that bus drivers are people too? They don't like traffic like we don't like traffic. They want to get somewhere fast like we do. However, having 50 people aboard their buses they should be a bit more careful. Especially as most of their passengers are hanging on for dear life as they careen down the treacherous roadsides. Today was no exception. The bus comes screeching down the road to the bus stop sending all their passengers flying to the front of the bus. Then the door thrusts open with a thud and people pile out as fast as their little legs will carry them. The door slams shut once again and pedal to the medal the bus begins its descent to yet another bus stop where innocent people are waiting for the ride of their life! Did you know you could get hurt by riding the bus? Yes, this is possible. One man entered the bus unknowing what was about to happen. The bus was crowded and so he entered warily stepping up the uneven steps. Just as he cleared the doors they slammed shut and the bus lurched forward propelling him hard against the railing. We heard groans and cries and realized that he hit his head against the railing, in particular, his ear which was bleeding profusely. No one said a word of sympathy or gave him a tissue to wipe the blood off. They just stared. The poor fellow moaned and groaned till the next stop and beat it out of there. Unfortunately, we were not able to reach the man being in the middle of the bus packed in like sardines.
Just wanted to give you a little insight into our morning commute to work. We're glad to get off with our body still intact even though our brains are jogged and jiggled. Yes, we thank God for safe travel while in Mongolia!