What do supermarkets tell us about Guatemala? Not an awful lot, except that they are a bit untidy and have unusual product advertisements……….
When there is a motor accident the accidentees pull their distressed cars to the side of the road which is a potential hazard to other road users and the vehicle itself. To provide warning of impending obstruction the drivers cut narrowish branches from trees and shrubs and place them on the road in advance of the vehicle. At first I was confused, I thought the vehicle had mowed down the nature strip before it came to a halt. But after seeing consistent similar situations it was clear it was a considered act ….a cheap plentiful substitute for reflective warning triangles.
There is a Bell Motorbike helmet advert that says…..” If you have a ten dollar head , buy a ten dollar helmet.” My personal take. If you have a four dollar head, get a four dollar haircut, and here it is:
There are many billboards alongside the highway, they are large as well as numerous. Billboards are available for a particular period of time. When that period of time expires the billboard company sends out Vincent Van Gogh and he ensures that no one is able to read the original advertisement. He overpaints with fabulous bold swirled brushstrokes that create many starry starry night variations along the highway.
The highways of Mexico and Belize and Guatemala have many many many warning signs, mostly yellow, with words printed upon them which read “Topes” or ” Tumulos” or “Reducidores de Velocidad” . They warn of the imminent location of a speed hump. We have negotiated, perhaps, thousands of these. All credit to our drivers who have hit only two at pace. When they do strike them at speed it certainly wakes up a minibus of travellers. But back to the prevalence. Speed humps are the Central American equivalent of the Cane Toad. Brought in with good intention they are now breeding out of control. Enterprising individuals of each of these nations now construct their own speed humps without reference to Vic Roads or equivalent. The fresh humps are positioned where people collect money by the highway, or sell goods, or have a shop or have invested in an impressive and freshly painted billboard. The main task of the VicRoads equivalents is now to reduce the number of those unofficially constructed. I admire the ingenuity and enterprising nature of the freelancing road safety citizens. But the speed humps now exist in plague proportions and they are a bit of a nuisance.