The “Special” School Bus

May 19th, 2009 Posted in day to day

Written by Shanie

While traveling through the back roads of El Bolson the other day — scoping out new backcountry ski lines for the upcoming winter — we came across a school bus letting off kids at the end of the day.


We don’t have children, but I do remember from my youth the kids that had to ride on what was considered the “special” bus being separated out and teased by the so-called “normal” students.

I was really excited to see that in Argentina all of the public buses that carry kids are considered “special”. I wonder if this helps everyone to get along?

On a side note: notice the dad lovingly coming to meet his child and having a quick chat with the bus driver. The sense of close community and time for loved ones is a “special” quality about the Argentines that I find incredibly endearing. It is a common practice among parents to take time out of their day to meet their children after school and walk them home. The community allows this, supports it and provides the necessary time off to do so. This extra time dedicated to the children instead of the work place, must make a difference.

Do you think so?

  1. 4 Responses to “The “Special” School Bus”

  2. By Flavia on May 20, 2009

    I think so, Shanie. There are a lot of “little” and at the same time “big” things that make a difference in the life’s quality and therefore a special life.
    I take this opportunity to congratulate you and Jamie for this blog. I love your work of diffusion and descriptions.
    Thanks for all!!


  3. By Patagonia on May 20, 2009

    Gracias Flavia! Thank you so much for the kind words and letting us know your thoughts.


  4. By Manjit Bedi on May 21, 2009

    When I was in Buenos Aires, I really perceived the attention that children got as you mention. It was an aspect of the city that I really liked to see.

  5. By Patagonia on May 21, 2009


    We totally agree. Last night we were at a birthday party after midnight, and the children were all well behaved.

    Take care, Jamie

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