Saturday, April 6, 2013

22nd day, Mangily - Long live public transport!

I felt inspired to compare public transport in the last 2 countries I have lived in –
Swiss trains versus Malagasy taxi brousses (bush taxi):

Approximate distance travelled for 5 €:
5 km versus 100 km
Passenger entertainment:
Smart phone/Ipad/Laptop versus cheerful pop music at top volume
+- 30 seconds of indicated time versus + ½ hours to 4 hours of indicated time
Likelihood of breakdowns:
0.048 % versus 48 %
Time needed to travel 20 km:
10 minutes versus 2-5 hours (depending on breakdowns)
Additional charges:
100 CHF if caught without ticket versus ca. double the regular price because of vazaha (foreigner) abuse
Non-human passengers:
Dogs, of course with leash and muzzle versus chickens, possibly goats
Views of scenery:
Magnificent versus stunning

I’d say it’s a clear tie!

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