I have been talking about it for a while – to have a few days in North Chile. Last week, I was ready to hop on the bus. But I am really happy that I didn’t.
First, I was supposed to travel with two friends, which changed their mind in the last minute. They went to Peru instead. Then, I decided that I would travel alone, and my dates were set for last week.
I was ready to pack my backpack and take the bus the next day. But then my husband and I talked about the trip, and he suggested that I would wait two more weeks, so that we might go together, when he would have a few days off at work. Something I liked the idea of, as of course it would be nicer to travel with him than alone. Share together. Make more memories together.
Also my parents though it was a better idea that I waited some weeks for travel with him. They are always pretty nervous when I travel alone.
Based on this, I changed my mind. And I am really happy I did!
That same day that I was supposed to leave, if I had not changed my mind, we watched the news. A big bus accident on the same route I was supposed to take. From Cochabamba in Bolivia to Arica in Chile. Many seriously injured and one dead.
The next day, another bus with the same route had to be stopped because the driver was drunk.
And it is not the first time accidents happens on this route. Actually, two weeks ago, I was talking to some family members of my husband. I told them that I wanted to go to Chile the following week. They had been there 10 years ago. Last year, the 28th of December, they were supposed to go again. They had booked the tickets for the whole family, but something came in way, and they were not able to go. The bus crashed. 10 dead and 40 injured. Including a friend of them that lost her life on that trip.
So thinking twice, I think I cancel the whole trip to Chile. At least for now.
Have you or someone you know ever experienced a bus accident on your trips? Or maybe you were supposed to be on one that had an accident, but luckily were not?