Greetings from Antigua…wish you were here!
Photo taken outside of my hotel in Antigua of the oncoming Chicken Bus.
They come in all sorts of colors. Each color marks its destination and is a riot of colors. Old American school buses which were once painted that brightly colored orange and that forever rests in my childhood memories, have been sent to Guatemala after they can no longer legally be used in the States. Once in Guatemala, they receive their magical paint job and hit the road. I believe the name came from the fact that they are slow and often carry chickens along with the passengers. But I cannot be certain. What I am certain of is my somewhat of a fetish with the chicken buses. I stood outside on the corner waiting to capture each and every colored chicken bus until the stinky smell drove me away.
I love it. Great picture, and great story and explanation behind it. 🙂
Thanks! I sure loved the buses there and the ones in Nepal are actually even crazier looking! Maybe I should do a post on that.
Thanks! I thought I replied but don’t see it here in my comments. Thanks for stopping by!
Hey. Yeah I saw that you had replied. Odd that it didn’t show up.
That’s a nice looking bus. It seems to be kept up a lot better than the ones I used to see in Nicaragua. I rode many a mile with someone sitting on the seat next to me with a cage full of chickens on their lap. I even flew once (on a DC3) with a chicken pecking me through the wire.
Wow, I wish I had that experience! I never once had a real chicken on board and on a plane! That is unbelievable! Great story too!
I would love to go to Nicaragua. Have you written about it on your blog? That is quite a story about the chickens on the plane. I think I’d pass out! (I don’t like small planes to begin with). Makes a wonderful story!
I love the “camionetas” here in Guatemala for their colors but there are some crazy drivers and when they’re packed full you can’t move sitting or standing!