This video from bike-leading Denmark takes us to a new point of view on buses, with a “cool” and comedic twist on bus transportation. At the same time, this shifted perspective is well worth considering, as it wildly imparts unexpected concepts to the experience of riding a bus. Gas2 considers it the best mass transit video ever. Check it out:
Poetry in Travel on Bus
Riding the bus when I was young in Pennsylvania was a way to get to NYC (yes!), and to Stone Harbor, NJ, to see the shore… the ocean. My memories become vividly poetic at this point, populated with unknown faces, alert or sleepy, as we waited to board in predawn hours — we always chose a 4:00 am meeting with the bus to get to the city or the shore by breakfast. I was stirred by the energy and faces one would never see again; I was curious of others so varied. As they entered the window of my mind’s eye, I perceived their lives as engaging, short vignettes. Sounds of the day beginning, intermingled with pieces of conversations.
Humorous Bus Scenes in Smoke Signals (John Wayne’s Teeth)
Bus travel is also a must-see scene in the movie Smoke Signals. Two young Lakota men exchange a huge glass bottle of change for bus tickets off the reservation. They are journeying to acknowledge the passing of a father in another land. Their bus trip is filled with the enchantment and the strangeness of what it is to travel in such a way.
Bus experiences are always unique. In fact, when I do the bike–bus mix on a normal daily run, I find the same episodes of poetry arise. There is just something about immersion in culture that one only finds through mass transit. After enjoying the cool bus video above once, twice, or more times, don’t miss the bus scene in Smoke Signals (posted below), which includes a song about John Wayne. The young Lakota men are truly inspired and entertaining on their bus trip.
The advertisement for the top video is for the company Midttrafik, a mass transit bus company in Denmark. It is truly a great video. As Gas2 notes, it is “obviously seeking to making riding the bus much cooler than it actually is. And you know what? The ad works, at least for me.”
I guess I am just that rare person that experiences that different sense of “cool” — I have always thought of buses, and even more so trains, as very cool. Whatever your perception of cool is, enjoy the Midttrafik video; in particular, the sarcastic, dramatic music and slow-motion technology.
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