I was quite appreciative to have the opportunity to work on a project in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am fully trilingual (my third language is Spanish) and I was looking forward to putting my best foot forward and living as local as could be.
The first weekend I had to myself, I opted to take a long bus ride to one end of the city. I perused the bus line’s website and headed out, camera in tow, to discover a new neighborhood. I stood at the bus stop, confirming the sign stated the right direction, I hopped on and paid my way.
I knew it would be a long ride, so I settled in and enjoyed the scenery. I might have taken a short nap during this time as well, who knows! I woke up and noticed only a few riders were left on the bus. The driver announced last stop, so I got up and headed out, but somehow the landscape did not look as I expected. I asked the driver if this was “location A”. He looked at me with a “oh, so sorry” look and said, well the bus will be at THAT location in one half hour.
I had taken the wrong bus, but I was sure the bus sign on the front of the bus had listed my location. I walked over to the front of the vehicle and saw that I had been correct in assuming my thought. The driver, walked over while shaking his head, recognizing that he had forgotten to change the sign.
At that exact moment, rather than start getting upset or being upset with the driver, I made the decision to make the best of the situation. Fact was fact, it would take one and a half hour for me to get there whether I was upset, or had fun with the situation.
I reassured the driver that everything was fine, I had lots of time on my hands, and it would be a nice drive. He asked me to sit on the front seat of the cab which was the second tour guide seat. This was a city bus, but it was equipped for tours.
I sat down and during the entire ride back the driver told me stories, pointed to specific areas or things, played trivia with me about Canada, in summary, it was an amazing ride back! One never knows where things could lead… Keep your mind open and perhaps magic will happen!
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