People Pictures – A Bus Ride in Amorgos

When it comes to taking pictures I like doors, statues, balconies and washing lines, Kim on the other hand likes people pictures so I thought I might share a few of them with you.

Kim spotted this noble looking woman on a bus ride on the Greek island of Amorgos…

The bus fare to Katapola was good value at only €2.80 each and after we paid the driver started the engine and left exactly on time.

We sat close to the front of the bus and in the seat directly behind the driver there was an old woman in widow’s weeds who was determined to talk constantly in some sort of quest to distract him and thoroughly test his driving ability as he eased the vehicle out of the village and began the ascent to the top of the mountain that separates the two ends of the island.

As the bus climbed higher into the interior and the engine began to complain and the gearbox groan the sides of the mountain became surprisingly greener with rugged plants clinging stubbornly to the desperately thin soil and then we reached the top of the mountainous spine of the island and we could see all the way down across the Chora and into the port of Katapola and still the woman in the seat behind the driver kept talking.

I’d have backed that woman in a talk-off against my mum!

The bus stopped briefly at the Chora to pick up more passengers and then the driver set off down the hairpin bends of the mountain road and down to the port.  I think he liked this part of the journey most of all because he made especially extravagant manoeuvres with increasingly theatrical turns of the steering wheel and he was confident too, even at one stage of the precipitous descent taking time out to make a telephone call while still listening all the time to the woman behind him jabbering away.

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16 responses to “People Pictures – A Bus Ride in Amorgos

  1. A good yarn to look back on, Andrew.

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  2. A picture is like a thousand words they said…see it all in the faces. Cheers

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  3. A wonderful first portrait

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  4. Great portrait.

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  5. That lady looks so full of character – no wonder she had a lot to talk about…

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  6. So excellent; both the portrait and the story behind it. I have this mental image of a creaky old bus at an incline on a narrow mountain road, jammed with a menagerie of passengers, the driver – the captain of the ship – manhandling a giant wheel in arcs as he deftly negotiates the tight curves, phone tucked between his shoulder and ear, talking loudly into the receiver while nodding to the woman – oblivious to all else – talking at him. It’s right out of a movie scene.

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