Photo: Guatemalan Chicken Buses

 

Guatemelan Chicken Bus

Guatemalan Chicken Bus

Ever wonder what happened to your old school bus? Well, there is a possibility it is living a second life as a “Chicken Bus” in Guatemala. These extravagant machines are called “Chicken Buses” presumably because there are occasionally use to transport livestock but I saw no evidence of this during my so far, only experience on these marvels of ingenuity.  Old Crowns, Waynes, Blue Birds and others are imported and modified. They are given new more powerful engines to handle mountainous roads. The last few rows are cut off to make the bus shorter for maneuvering in tight spaces. They are often given elaborate pain jobs and put back on the road. Many drivers of these machines are justifiably proud of their “rides” and go to great pains to keep them in top shape.

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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