Life is a Highway

Life in SouthAsiaLand is always exciting. Even the most routine things can be blogworthy. We don't have a car but using public transportation gives plenty of photo opportunities.

Leaving the house I passed some ladies cleaning the curb WITH A SPONGE! This is also a prime example of the "SouthAsiaLand Squat." Folks here can sit like this all day. It is amazing to see carpenters and cobblers using their toes like a vice.

At the next traffic light/bus stop, there's always room for one more. The term bus stop is used a bit loosely here, maybe they should be called a bus roll or a bus California stop.

About this time, my auto-rickshaw driver slams on the brakes and swerves to the side. Crazy swerving isn't rare enough riding in these things, but the driver had a peculiar smile which was strange. After a little prodding, he told me that he is running from the police because he just ran the red light. Now, that sounds worse than it is, because traffic lights and traffic laws are loosely followed. But this time there were policemen standing in the road with 6 foot-long sticks. So after swinging a sharp U-turn we took some back roads and continued our journey.
At the next traffic light, we actually stopped at this one, we pulled up next to another bus. It appears that this one is covered with a thin layer of cake frosting. yum!....wait that's not frosting...ewww.

Many trucks and cars are covered with bright messages and specific instructions. This one is a great reminder for those incontinent drivers and pedestrians out there. It says, "Please use Diper at night." aka... "Use your low beams, or dipper."

After a big of swerving and swooping past this giant potato and a few leisurely cyclists, I arrived at my destination. What an experience for a $1.25!


Rick, Heather & the crazy kids said...

I totally resent the "california roll through" reference.(j/k) Since I am from the great state of Cali and I am currently living here, I can tell you that I experienced more roll throughs in Louisiana than I do here.

That was a totally crazy ride! I loved the large rolling "potato"!

Annie said...

Happy FATHER'S Day Adam!! We were just talking about you last night and Rahul has decided he needs to bestow a few fatherly words of wisdom to you - but I'll let him fill you in on all that!
You're adventure was certainly a fun one! And that potato- well, it looks like it has horns to me! How funny is that? What was it?
Glad to see that you are still finding humor in all things! I think with a ride like that, it's about all you could do to survive- oh and pray of course, pray, pray, pray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jrob said...

Awesome pics. Happy Father's Day!

Derek said...

Yeah, I usually don't take baths. And no, I haven't found anyone up to par with me yet on DDR. I challened this one dude, and after the first round he ran away, screaming, much like a baby. I felt really bad, so I haven't challenged anyone again.

Della said...

The pictures and the dialog make me miss my time there. It was crazy fun getting to know you and see all of the ways of India.

Anthony and Sharon said...

So was Andrea riding the bus?...she is known to 'frost' in public places.
And what do the cops do with the stick? Do they whack the rickshaw? Cuz that'd be hilarious!

SouthAsiaRolls said...

Yeah, the cops don't really have police cars for pulling people over. They just give them "incentive" to pull over with that big stick. :)

Derek said...

I like the guys hanging off of the bus. Trains get like so packed that you can't lift your arms or take a deep breath, but having people hanging off of a bus is metal! As far as police go, I see some maybe once every two weeks. How can Japan be so safe if there's never a policeman in sight?

Nicole Wilson said...

this blog is hilarious!
i keep up with you guys on the other blogs, but just found this one.