My last post was a tale of my arduous 45 mile (75km) bus journey from Bajawa to Riung on the island of Flores that took a staggering 6.5 hours. It led to a few interesting comments that fell into one of three categories:
Almost anyone who has done a budget or backpacking trip has been on a long distance bus. Commenters shared their stories of pain and suffering proving that Tragedy + Time = Comedy.
The iconic and infamous Greyhound bus of the United States featured high on the list of horrible experiences by a few commenters. In the USA, most people travel by car or airplane, or perhaps train in the northeast. A cross-country flight isn’t much more expensive than a Greyhound bus ticket but gets you there in hours, not days. People who use Greyhound are usually off the grid and off their medications. The bus stations are strategically placed in the highest crime area in each city and the bus drivers hate life about as much as they hate their passengers.
Note to readers: if ever in the United States traveling, give Greyhound a wide berth.
At this time, I’d like to tell all my readers not to feel too sorry for me. Yes, it was a bus ride from hell, I almost snapped and yelled at people and nearly sweated to death, but I did get to use the bathroom in a random house and experience a unique bit of Indonesian culture.
Oh, and I almost forgot, there was a good reason for going to Riung in the first place. We visited 17 Islands National Park and had a day of snorkeling, swimming, eating fresh fish on the beach, and cruising around on a boat. The photos below will attest that the suffering was worth it.
17 Islands National Park Photos
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Does anyone still feel sorry for me?
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