Yes, so I was telling you about news in ‘trotro’. Listening to news in trotro is the most fun thing to do. Everybody has their own perspective of the news. They put such wild interpretations and twists on the story. The interesting part is when I have just left my newsroom and I know exactly what the story is about, but I hear people form their own impressions about the story, usually very wrong one. I feel like telling them they are wrong. But I often let them go on and on, pretending to be listening to music on my phone but I listen to the gossip and laugh. And the most ignorant ones are usually the loudest. It is fun situation to hangout in. Try it.
It could sometimes get very dramatic on a trotro. I figured that it’s only in Ghana that a young lady can slap a Ghanaian man without him replying. Guess what happened…one of my bosses shared her experience of how a gentleman who deliberately rubbed his penis on her thighs got a dirty slap.
My boss realised what the guy was doing and gave him a dirty slap on the face but he couldn’t say a word. I’m sure on a normal day, that man would have given my boss a thorough beating, but because he knew he was guilty, he said nothing and alighted even though he hadn’t reached his destination.Hahaha, what a place to hang out?!
And another senior colleague of mine told of how he dozed off on a trotro and his head fell on the big boobs of a lady sitting by him. You would have expected her to punch him in the face. But the strangest thing happened. The lady actually pulled his head further towards her breast and cuddled his head to help him sleep well. Wow! I missed that one. I had to be told. How did that not happen on the usual trotros I hang out on? I look forward to seeing one for myself.
Ebola scare is everywhere and I must confess that I get scared at times especially when my bare arms rub that of others on a trotro. It has become even more important for law enforcers to ensure that there is no overloading in trotros so that we can reduce the risk of Ebola spread, in case it comes to Ghana at all.
I hear it will soon become compulsory for trotro passengers to wear seat belts, really?! Have they thought about how every passenger on a roll will have to unfasten their belts each time someone has to alight? Have they thought about the inconveniences this will cause to passengers and the traffic it will bring? Because if one passenger has to alight from the back, then all passengers who would have to get down before that person does will have to spend more time to unfasten and refasten their belts. I think DVLA should rather liaise with the MTTU and control the overloading of commercial buses and stop this seat belt business until that is properly fixed. At least it will make my favourite hangout more convenient.
By the way, I was in London recently, and the whole “trotro” experience was different. My big sister and her husband don’t always get why I love picking buses instead of them dropping me off and picking me up from shopping centres each time I visit London. I’m sure after reading this, they will understand. Over there, being in ‘trotro’ is like being in your private car in Ghana. The well-demarcated seats with spaces for passenger luggage and priority seats for the aged and handicapped, plus spaces for baby pushchairs and wheelchairs makes their trotro more convenient to board. Recently when I visited my big sister and her family in Colchester, Essex, I purchased Day (bus) Passes almost every day of my stay.
I made sure I used the pass until I got tired. I could sit in the buses (trotro) until I heard that voice that says ‘this bus terminates here!’ One other thing is, I could always take my ‘selfies’ on the buses without anyone staring at me in surprise.
In fact, London trotro is very comfortable.But it is boring compared with the GH trotro. Hardly is there any drama on London trotro. You do not get the news, much more getting people discussing it. No fight over change because the payment system in automated and you pay and collect your change before you enter. Yes, sometimes you can get some bloke screaming on the phone. And, hmm sometimes you can get lovers (straight and or gay) smooching it out on the bus like nobody’s business. And no one says anything. This cannot happen on a GH trotro – no way.
So hey, no matter where you are, trotro can be a great hangout. But by far GH trotro stand out among them all. Salute!