So much beauty out there

May 20, 2009

Into Lagos

Filed under: All,Dear Diary,Travel — Josh @ 11:59 pm

Bus from Sevilla to the Algarve. Supposedly. In fact 15 minutes out of the station and the bus has pulled up by the side of the road, making an unpleasant sound whenever the engine is on. 20 minutes later, nothing much has happened except that the driver is talking animatedly into his phone and occasionally turning the engine on to demonstrate the unpleasant sounds to his presumably sceptical bosses. 10 minutes later a potential riot is avoided by the air conditioning coming back on. Word filters through that there is a hole in the radiator. People start to mill around outside, talking to each other, building up a camaraderie. I begin to fear a spontaneous sing song. We’ve parked on a big interchange, 50 yards from a drive-thru Burger King (so authentically Spanish). It’s beginning to look more appetising by the minute – probably we only need to be here for another 5 or 6 hours and I might actually want to eat some. After about an hour and a half, the replacement bus arrives. We all swap over. Some bastard has stolen my double seat. What happened to our solidarity, our camaraderie. It’s every man for himself on the road to Portugal. Get to Huelva, change buses again, murmurs of dissent from the crowd but I have no time for that. Elbows flying, grabbed a window seat. Anyone wanna sit by me? Didn’t think so, suckers. No, wait, there are two more people getting on, a German couple. They’re coming my way. One of them takes my double seat. I offer to swap seats so that they can sit together, abandoning the window seat, they give me a muesli bar to say thanks, we are all one. Lets sing. “We are the world, we are the children…”


  1. Am I to assume you found this bus journey a tad on the boring side?

    Comment by Taff — May 21, 2009 @ 7:50 am | Reply

    • 6 and a half hours of unremitting tedium.

      Comment by Josh — May 21, 2009 @ 8:40 am | Reply

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