Daniel Tunnard, a British expat living in Buenos Aires, embarked on a rather ambitious project: to take every one of the 141 bus lines in Buenos Aires, then write a book and shoot a documentary based on his observations and experiences.

Th 64 down Avenida de Mayo (photo credit: Ana O'Reilly)

With irreverent humour, Daniel writes about his adventures on his aptly named blog Colectivaiseishon. (Buses are called “colectivos” in Argentina). Since Daniel is fully bilingual, each entry is written in English and in Spanish. Take, say, his hilarious description of the 59 bus route, The 59 – Fake giraffes and a variety of faux-leather headboards, whose version in Spanish is El 59- Girafas falsas y colectiveros calientes.

Daniel’s original project earned him recognition on both local and international media, like a special on CNN Go (in English), an interview on Argentinean TV (in Spanish). He also has a weekly column in an Argentinean online newspaper La Razón (in Spanish).

Daniel’s random observations and sarcastic comments are a glimpse into the universe of a colectivo, and, by default, into everyday life in Buenos Aires.

(As a side note, I’ve taken a few of those buses. Daniel’s accurate descriptions are so vivid that they took me back to my time in Buenos Aires.)


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About the author

Ana Astri-O’Reilly is from Argentina, where she lived until five years ago. She currently lives in Dallas, USA with her British husband, but they move a lot. Previously a translator and English and Spanish teacher, Ana first started writing to share her experiences and adventures with friends and family. She speaks Spanish, English and a smattering of Portuguese.