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Published: April 24th 2016
They are very photogenic
Why are the buses in Guatemala called Chicken Buses?
The Guatemalan buses, also known as Chicken Buses, are a bit interesting. Therefore I have dedicated to dedicate an entire blog entry to them. As a bonus they are also very photogenic so the pictures which accompany the text are pretty good. Making it possible to upload photos and make them available to our friends and relatives was the main purpose when we started this blog in 2006. So in line with our original plan with the blog we now post 26 pictures of Guatemalan buses.
In the USA they have buses dedicated solely for transporting school children. They are yellow and they have the words "School Bus" written on them. The regulations for the school buses requires the authorities to replace the school buses after either 10 years or after they have logged 150,000 miles on the odometer, whatever comes first. When the school buses are retired many of them are sold to buyers in Guatemala. The buses are then renovated, refitted with new engines and, this is what makes them picturesque, they are styled so they get a completely new look. A new and
The Guatemalan buses, also known as Chicken Buses, are a bit interesting
in most cases very colorful look.
The buses are OK as transport. For me, being close to two meters tall, they are a bit tight and the owners don't hesitate to fill up the vehicles with far more passengers than they were designed for when they were used to ship kids to and from school so sometimes the ride can be a bit rough. But that is all part of the fun and one the reasons I love to travel in the first place.
The buses are known as chicken buses. Although Wikipedia indicates that the name "chicken bus" might be used in Spanish too I believe only foreigners call the buses that. I could be wrong there though.
I began this blog entry with the question "Why are the buses in Guatemala called Chicken Buses?". I have no idea why but Wikipedia claims two possible origins of that nickname:
• either it is because the buses often takes many passengers which makes them very crowded and a person onboard might feel just like a chicken on a truck transporting poultry
• or the word chicken might have its
The regulations for the US school buses requires them to be replaced after 10 years. When the school buses are retired many of them are sold to buyers in Guatemala.
origin in the fact that locals have been known to transport live chicken on the buses.
Now it is time to wrap up this blog entry and what better way to do that than with the lyrics to the song "Magic Bus"
"Magic Bus (The Who) Every day I get in the queue (Too much, Magic Bus) To get on the bus that takes me to you (Too much, Magic Bus) I'm so nervous, I just sit and smile (Too much, Magic Bus) Your house is only another mile (Too much, Magic Bus) Thank you, driver, for getting me here (Too much, Magic Bus) You'll be an inspector, have no fear (Too much, Magic Bus) I don't want to cause no fuss (Too much, Magic Bus) But can I buy your Magic Bus (Too much, Magic Bus)"
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