Monday, January 30, 2006

How to be in line

Typical bus line in Buenos Aires. I'm always impressed to see how well they respect their turn to get on the bus here. Sometimes the line of people can be spread over half a block. Someone who's unlucky to get in the bus the first time, will just wait for the second one to pass by. I´ll be curious to know how this works in other places ? Let me know how it is in other countries, to see if they are as respectful as they are here. Thanks :)

13 Comments:

Blogger geneline said...

French are terrible on line: most of them don'nt know what it could be.
In San Fancisco, it depends in which community you arre. Most of the Caucaians queue very well, the Asian are more fiesty to get first!

1/30/2006 03:13:00 PM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Thanks for sharing Geneline. I remember in San Francisco, they were pretty much respectful. EXCEPT for the old chinese who were trying to get on the bus, by pushing a LOT ! :))

1/30/2006 03:16:00 PM

 
Blogger Pamela said...

Here in the Canary Islands, people won't wait in neat lines for anything. They wait wherever they want to wait and it ofen seems like chaos. Depends what they are waiting for really. Often, people turn up and ask from those already waiting, who is the last, then they remember who they need to follow. This works, if you know the system. The British who visit here always think they are going to get queue jumped.

1/30/2006 05:52:00 PM

 
Blogger Eric said...

Yes I agree with Geneline, French people are terrible at queueing.

Like many things that have to do with rules (even the Law) in France it is socially admissible to cheat as long as you don't get caught...

1/31/2006 04:11:00 AM

 
Blogger Arnaud said...

I've got the same here. They are very discipline, and they don't cross the street before the traffic light is green !

1/31/2006 05:55:00 AM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Thanks you all for sharing :)

1/31/2006 07:40:00 AM

 
Blogger Maya said...

Well..I guess greenline and eric already represented what I was about to say about the french ;-) so I guess I just add to your comment about the Chinese in Chinatown or around SF...I knew you hate their guts :-P :-D funny to hear you rumbled about them and got pissed. Missed all that now...

1/31/2006 12:38:00 PM

 
Blogger Maya said...

I mean geneline not greenline...sorry geneline. I've been green lately...:-D the reason for typo

1/31/2006 12:39:00 PM

 
Blogger Ham said...

London used to be OK, but now it is almost a free for all, especially worse because the new bendy buses have three enterances.

1/31/2006 07:03:00 PM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Thanks for adding your words Ham. I can imagine the chaos with a 3-entry-bus!! ;)

1/31/2006 08:21:00 PM

 
Blogger Michael Blamey said...

The Port Vila, VANUATU bus service is unique I think - no waiting in queues. The buses, like 10 seater vans with a "B" number plate, drive around like cabs. YOu gesture to be picked up and it's 100vatu (About US $1)to go anywhere in the town, sometimes a little indirectly as others are dropped off at their destination. A model of efficiency and low cost.

1/31/2006 11:01:00 PM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Michael -- interesting! What a great means of transportation, really cheap and it seems reliable.

2/01/2006 07:44:00 AM

 
Blogger Tangospeak said...

Canada has pretty decent queues at bus stop - even in Montreal, Quebec where I live. Metros (subways) are another story though - it's a free for fall.

5/03/2006 03:42:00 PM

 

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