I (DeAnna) grew up in rural Missouri. The nearest grocery store (besides Ditty’s Market) is a 20 minute drive. It was second nature to drive 20 minutes to stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, etc… We spent a lot of time in the car. I wasn’t exposed to public transportation and the movies and shows that show public transportation usually aren’t showing it in a good light. When we moved to France in 2009 that was the first time I didn’t have access to a vehicle. We relied on the RER, Metro, Buses and Shuttles to transport us to the places we needed to go. We became quite schooled in connection stations, schedules, etc… We enjoyed being able to use public transportation. When we arrived in Cameroon in 2010, it wasn’t a big deal to us to hail a taxi and use taxis as public transportation. One thing that seems to stand out with taxi public transportation is the smell. In movies and television shows normally a taxi has a tree shaped air freshener. Here, it’s the same thing. However, I think the cause of the odor might differ. I think normally it’s to cover body odor, but this taxi needs it to cover goat odor. David counted at least 10 goats in the taxi.
I’m thinking it would take quite a large “tree” to get rid of that smell.