My first time in the US was in the summer of 2004. Before and after that trip, I learned a lot about culture in the States from watching American television series and movies. One of the cultural things that keep coming back on a lot of these series and movies is high school. There is so much to learn about high school from just watching those, or is there? I was always intrigued by the idea of a school bus. From the moment I arrived in Saint Louis, I wanted to ride a school bus. I mean, everybody can name at least three movies in which the school bus plays a role, it’s really something that has a cult status (or at least in my head). Unfortunately, riding the school bus is just reserved for students, so all I could do was watch them ride through the city and wonder what it would be like to get on one of those.
Then, one weekend, my dream came true. At a festival in Saint Charles, the organization had wanted to prevent people from parking just around the festival itself. As the event happened on a Saturday, people had to park at a local high school, where a school bus drove them back and forth. I took my chance. I was the only one excited about the system, and maybe the person most excited to ever ride a school bus. Also, my girlfriend was so excited for me, she kept making pictures. Of course, after five minutes the excitement had worn off and I was waiting to get back, but at least I could scratch this one of my bucket list. Score!