Tuesday, January 31, 2012
no particular focus
Here are the ancient, colorful and smoky buses that move everywhere in Dakar and beyond. They're painted rather like the boats in St. Louis with bold colors, images of a marabout (Islamic holy men from a Moroccan tradition), and names like "City Boy" or "In Sh'Allah." For twenty cents you can ride any distance. They tend to be pretty full, generally, often having two or three guys hanging on the back riding on the back bumper. You can see one in the top photo if you look closely. If you're riding the back, you bang on the side loudly to tell the driver you'd like get off. He'll often just slow down instead of stopping, making for some dramatic mid-traffic dismounts.