Riding the bus in Uruguay

JP: Interesting read from Paul Harmon. Interesting pics of tickets in the link.

The Bus System

When we first got to Uruguay we were overwhelmed figuring out what bus went where. This overwhelming sense has since subsided thanks to a few different methods of figuring out the bus routes. First, some of the bus websites list the routes. Second, you can purchase a bus book at some of the downtown street stands. Third, you may be able purchase the Guia Digital de Montevideo on http://www.MercadoLibre.com.uy This is probably the easiest way to find directions from point A to point B. However, it is no longer being sold in stores, and is slightly out of date with some bus routes. Fourth, many bus stops list the routes on signs. Those that do not, simply ask the guard or bus driver where he is going when you flag the bus down. Generally speaking, the bus drivers are polite and helpful. This is no small thing when many drivers must collect the fare, shift the manual transmission, and drive the bus on busy roads all at the same time. If you want to be a bus driver in Montevideo, you must be a multitasker.



Today, a general strike is in effect for Montevideo. Around 30,000 workers walked off their jobs to protest low wages.

Some of these 30,000 workers include government employees, teachers, garbage men, bus drivers, bankers, and hospital employees.

Although some buses are running occasionally, you never know when and how far they will take you. This is a hindrance to our family as we rely on the bus to get to language classes and church. Fortunately, my language teachers were able to switch their schedules to keep my classes going. I am not sure what we will do for church this evening.

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