Michael and I had to make light of the situation at hand, after all, it's not everyday you get to see some of the characters we got to see! Once the air conditioner got cranking, we were able to just breathe un-offended until a stop was made along the route or we hit a bump. When that happened, it was as if the air was all stirred up again and the stench would waft our way and settle in our nostrils, singing our nose hairs UGH.
One man was particularly offensive and when he got off, Michael nearly passed out and moaned under his breath, "Ohhhhhhhhh, noooooooooo! HE TOUCHED MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" About this time I am giggling from the complete absurdity of the situation and so he continues, egging me on, "OOOOOOhhhhh, noooo! And I liked this shirt! I think there's a hole in the spot where his hand touched! AGHHH!"
Then we hear what sounds remarkably like Darth Vader--I nearly expected to hear "I AM YOUR FATHER LUUUUUUKKKKKKKEEEE!" But alas, it was NOT Vader himself, but an elderly man whose snore would bring him millions in the Star Wars circles. And of course, I snapped his pic...
|Paw Paw Vader|
For all of you who have been around during Southern Decadence, we saw a Latvian dude you need to take with you. He had on some weird pants with a sleeveless jean jacket and large squares were cut out of the shoulders, presumably to show off his rippling trapezius'???? I think for sure he was heading to NOLA.
Then <DRUMROLL PLEASE> came THE STOP. A defining moment in my trip.......I had to pee. The bus, obviously has no bathroom, though it resembled a large Greyhound coach. So on one of those smoke stops mentioned in the previous post, I poked my head in the bus station and had Natasha ask where the WC was.....THey motioned to a building verrrrrrrrrrrrrry far removed from the nice, clean, utilitarian bus station. So we walk. Then I realize WHY Natasha protested so greatly to coming to the bathroom with me. I can't even begin to describe the stench, much less the restroom, so I am simply going to post a photo.
|FOUL FOUL FOUL|
Will post on Riga later ;-)