A parting video as I prepare to leave Guatemala for Costa Rica tomorrow.
From Quetzaltenango (Xela), Guatemala:
My typical daily commute aboard a public shuttle van from my host family home to the National Hospital, leaving me a one-mile walk to my high school. A good mass transit deal: each way cost just US 16 cents.
The Xela shuttle vans typically used a crew of two: the driver, and the conductor who collected fares and called out the van’s destinations to potential passengers along the road. Since this van is headed to the National Hospital, ‘Hospital’ is frequently heard announced.
Recorded Thursday, March 1, 2012.
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