Want to Try This On a Greyhound?
Something that sort of boggled me at first was the marşrutka and bus system around here. Not only is it used for getting people around, but it can also be used for transporting any number of things. For example, on my first bus coming to Lənkəran in December, we stopped in Cəlilabad to pick up some folks and a woman put her chickens in the storage area below the bus. Live chickens. There were also some construction materials that took up the entire back of the bus. One other thing we noticed was that there were packages being delivered via the bus. During my trip back from Minqəcevir and Ağcabədi this week, I came across two really good examples of what we’re really capable of here.
First, Kim in Minqəcevir had to get some tomatoes to Brandon in Ağdaş. She didn’t really want to make the one-hour trip there and then back again just to get some green tomatoes out to Brandon. Instead, she talked to the driver and arranged for the driver to deliver the tomatoes to Brandon at the bus station in Ağdaş. They apparently arrived without a hitch, the only cost being the confused stare Kim received from the marşrutka driver since she was obviously not a local and was using a real insider’s method of transporting goods. That’s a pretty good deal.
The second example came on my own bus back to Lənkəran. As we pulled into the Cəlilabad bus station, a little over an hour north of Lənkəran, there was a huge pile of 50kg bags of sugar. I counted over 25 bags. That’s about 2750 lbs of sugar. Then I watched them get loaded on to my bus. This was a normal tour bus, the kind you might find anywhere (of course allowing for some of the particularly Azerbaijani features). In the back, however, they decided they could load up these bags of sugar and transport them to Lənkəran. What happened to normal delivery trucks?