Sunday, April 24, 2011


Every morning I take a colectivo to work. What’s a colectivo? It’s basically a regular taxi that travels along predetermined routes and carries 4 passengers. One of these routes passes right in front of my school.

It's easy to spot the colectivos. They're the cars with the little hats on top.

I leave for work rather early in the morning when I have less tolerance than normal to deal with obnoxious people. Unfortunately it has come to my attention that some people do not understand how to properly share a confined space with others. So here’s my how-to guide in reverse. It’s more of a “what not to do when riding in a colectivo”.

1. If you do not bathe regularly do not get in a colectivo.

2. Do no listen to music….unless you’re wearing headphones.

3. No cell phone conversations.

4. If you’re sitting in the middle, please brace yourself when we take sharp turns. I rather dislike being shoved up against the door.

5. Wait until the driver is at a red light to pay him. Do you really want him counting change while weaving in between lanes of traffic?

6. Did I mention the bathing regularly rule?

7. No eating smelly foods.

8. No bodily functions are permitted. But come on, that’s an obvious rule.

If you are unable to abide by the aforementioned rules, please choose an alternate means of transportation to work.


  1. Maybe this could be your new blog. A daily guide on how to ride a colectivo.

  2. Great idea, love it to the max.

    If you succeed in having your rules followed in the colectivo would you please be so kind as to try to extend them to buses, trains, and planes? And after you succeed with all of that in Chile take the whole thing world wide.

    Public transportation would be so much better if everyone observed a modicum of personal hygiene, observed personal space, and kept their personal technology to themselves. Will add that any trip that is less than an hour should be food free. Carry it if you must but eat it where people can move away from you if it nauseates them either in what is it or how it smells.

    BTW: good luck with that.