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Day 28 – Most Boring Seat in the World

November 7, 2010

Location: Roads between Arequipa and Puno, Peru

Date: Sunday, November 7, 2010

The sprint continues. After an overnight bus from Lima to Arequipa and a two-hour wait, I was aboard a cheap bus to Puno.

As luck would have it, I ended up in the seat behind the driver, just like on the bus from Ica to Lima. For 6 hours I contemplated why this is the worst seat possible. A list:

· You are behind the driver. You can’t look forward. You can’t amuse yourself with the antics of other passengers. You can’t see out the front window. It is mind numbing. It reminds you why putting a kid in a corner is punishment.

· There is no leg room. In other seats you can cheat and slip your feet under the seat in front of you. Behind the driver you can’t cheat because there is a wall. You cannot slip your feet under a wall. If you’re seated at the window like I was, you can’t even put your feet in the aisle. I know what it feels like to be a tall guy in coach. It sucks.





In the end, you’re left staring out the window to your left, wishing you could phase your feet through solid objects like Kitty Pride. The worst part is that the scenery between Arequipa and Puno isn’t all that inspiring. While interesting at first, you quickly realize that you saw it all before, 30 minutes ago.

In the end, when the bus pulled into Puno I was so ready to get out of there, I just followed the first tout that offered a next day ticket to Copacabana and a hotel room (luckily, all fair prices). The lesson is, if you notice the ticket seller has assigned you seats 1 through 4, object. Vehemently.

GALLERY: No bonus pictures today.

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