My Daily Commute

Terrible Picture, but you get the idea-

I get on the bus almost every day, and for the most part I do so at the same time, and yet it is very difficult to predict how crowded the bus will be.  This is due, in part, to fluctuations in traffic and unpredictable spacing between one bus and another.  It is not atypical for one bus to be immediately followed by another of the same number.   When I say immediately, I mean that the both arrive at the station at the same time.  The hilarity of it all is that even if two buses do arrive simultaneously, almost everyone will fight to get on the first bus, and the second vehicle almost always remains spacious.

There are other occasions, however, where buses seem to be few and far between.  This is always a test for the nerves, standing and watching the crowd of passage hungry people grow around you.  Even the oldest of Chinese are fully capable of pushing you out of the way when it comes to getting on the bus during rush hour.  On the day that I took this picture, the bus was especially bad, but this kind of situation happens at least once a week.  If the bus is more than 10 minutes late, you are doomed.

The bus is an excellent place to observe the greater Chinese populace and their social habits.  It is a large enough topic that it deserves a post of it’s own, which I will hopefully write in the coming days.

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