Bus number 17 travels from outside Nelson’s Dockyard to the West Bus station in St John’s, the capital of Antigua. The journey costs either EC$3.75 or EC$2.75, depending on the driver.
The bus I caught to St John’s took 45 minutes and the driver was incredibly considerate. He stopped for people who weren’t yet at the stop, waited for regular passengers to arrive, and even reversed down a hill to pick up two school children. People paid when they got off soÂ I paid when we reached St John’s.
The driver on the return took my money at the West Bus station. He was obviously a frustrated Formula 1 driver as we made the trip in 20 minutes. He seemed to resent passengers asking to alight fromÂ the bus, which they did by shouting “Bus Stop”. Even the locals realised the driver was insane; oneÂ person told him she wanted to see her grandchildren again after he had overtakenÂ three vehicles on a narrow stretch of road.
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