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The Colectivo

Nostalgic & Passionate
| 03 April, 2020 |

“The Colectivo” is usually included in the list of “Argentine inventions” (along with dulce de leche, by pass and pen) that abound everywhere when it comes to national inventiveness. And it is, without a doubt, the one I like the most, for several reasons. First, I cannot believe that no one has ever thought of it before, and those are the best inventions, the ones that, from so simple, seem impossible not to have been invented. At the end of the day, it’s a big car that makes a fixed route and charges small amounts to anyone who wants to get on and off at any point along the route. I don’t understand why the Romans didn’t have a bus. In fact, for me, they did and here we used the evidence to say that we invented it.

Secondly, it’s one of my favorite inventions because it makes virtue of the flaw: we don’t have a mango, we can’t take a taxi: no problem. Let’s all get together and go to the same place, put in a few coins each and we’re done. It is like an organized, institutionalized vaquita, in which the one in charge of collecting the money is, when not, the owner of the bondi.

And finally, I love the colectivo for the idea of the common good it preaches, of socialism, of “if we organize ourselves we all travel”. Unity is strength, but sometimes we Argentines seem to forget about it… And there is the colectivo to refresh our memory.

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