Sunday, September 27, 2009

A new route plan for school

Our children had an afternoon bus ride of 1-2 1/2 hours in the afternoon. This got them home exhausted, car-sick, and grumpy. It also was problematic because we had little time in the evening for family activities and/or homework.

So this week, we embark on a new plan with our former-carpenter-mennonite-pastor-cab driver named Fabio. Fabio picks them up at school and delivers them home in 30-40 minutes. He is kind to them, and chats all the way in Spanish. He makes sure they wear their seatbelts, he takes care of their many backpacks, hockey gear, and instruments, and he is happy to deliver them safely back to their parents, who usually wait outside.

There is one day a week that Fabio is not allowed to drive (because of traffic restrictions.) On this day, Aaron or I collect the kids on the Transmilinio, which is Bogota's primary public transportation bus system. It is clean, quiet, easy to navigate, and we still get home one hour earlier than the school bus.

We have high hopes that this change will make a difference in their attitude toward school. Let's hope we are right!


  1. i LOVE LOVE LOVE fabio.

    i think he is fabulous.

  2. I would say Fabio is fabulous, however "Esperanza" has already said that. Likewise, Angus has had transition trouble into middle school but the fabulous 6th grade team at Santa Fe and his very mean parents are helping him adjust. Here or there life goes on.

  3. i love fabio too! does lydia wear soccer shoes all day long?