Ok, it’s official. Despite my comments to the contrary, I’ve kind of given up my daily challenge. I’m just too far behind now to imagine catching up.
However, I must say I did make it 233 days (if you count my days in Chicago, which I haven’t finished posting…). That’s about 63% of the way! Still pretty good right? Well, unless it were a grade, then it would be a “D.”
But I haven’t stopped doing Brazilian stuff! And I’ll keep writing about it, just not in this structure anymore.
For example, I’ve ridden the city bus!! That was on my list of Brazilian things to do.
I was getting quite tired of taking taxis every afternoon from Higienopolis, especially since each one took a different route home. So I figured we would try the bus.
My daughter was so excited. As if it were some kind of amusement ride. Of course, the first time we made a spectacle of ourselves.
Sao Paulo city buses aren’t like the ones in New York City. You don’t pay the driver when you get on. Instead, there is another person a little less than midway on the bus who manages the payments and sits in front of a turnstile. There are seats in the front and also in the back of the bus behind the turnstile.
So I paid the cashier guy the R$3 and pushed my daughter through the turnstile. But when I went to go, it wouldn’t move. I eventually caught on that the cashier guy was only allowed to move the turnstile with every payment. But my daughter didn’t require a fare so I only had one set of exact R$3 change.
So there I was stuck on one side of the turnstile and she on the other… and the bus started to move. The cashier guy just stared at me as I argued with him about the situation. Eventually, someone just picked up my daughter and handed her to me over the turnstile. Lesson learned. The other couple times we’ve taken it, we just stay in front. But I still have to go back to the cashier guy and pay him, and also push the turnstile around. Aye. I really didn’t understand the system.
Other than that, riding the bus has been a pleasant enough experience. And again, my daughter thinks it is a total treat.
Today, she noticed something interesting in terms of communication on the bus. And a possible explanation for why there is seating in front of the turnstile.