The whole way home I was thankful for 3 things for sure:
1. At the last minute I decided to go to the bathroom before getting on the bus
2. Despite not waiting around for him, a coworker ended up on the same bus because I waited so long for one to pass that he caught up.
3. That I was not involved in whatever was holding up traffic.
I think about things like that last one often. Today was the biggest traffic jam I have experienced yet in Chile, and I have been stuck in more than my share. Traffic was backed up til the mall in Vina, and similarly far away from other angles. That doesn't sound too shocking without any context. Where was the accident? On Avenida España near the Industrial High School!!!
i.e. (for those unfamiliar with the Viña/Valpo layout) FAAARRRR AWAY
We basically went over a whole coastal mountain because traffic going towards Valparaiso on the oceanfront was shut completely down.
Though quite used to it, I am still uncomfortable with how dangerous public transportation is here. Although a little freaked out by crazy lane changing when I got here, my fear really established itself when I saw a micro had crashed into a neighbor´s house. Furthermore, the busses are often in bad condition, drivers are irresponsible, and the different busses compete for passengers. They race, they cut one another off, they pull close-call moves, etc... Last Sunday the driver of the bus I was on and the one next to us started playing a game of chicken, almost slamming into each others side until they started throwing things at each other through the window, then stopped in the middle of the road, got out of the busses, and began the physical threats...
These series of ridiculous events are not a unique experience and I, unfortunately, have racked up an archive of crazy micro stories.
The order of what I was most thankful for swapped around quite a bit after I saw the news article with photos on the accident, which happened just about exactly where a similar accident happened a year and a half ago.