|'I think I'll give this seat a miss...' (photo from hereisthecity.com).|
If cramming (should you be 'lucky' enough to actually cram on that is) onto a bus or Transmilenio is part of your daily routine, another thing that you're guaranteed to see are people hovering, for at least 20 seconds, over a just-vacated seat.
The reason for this is to let the seat cool down and, I imagine, give the new occupier peace of mind that he/she won't contract some disease that may be 'hovering' (sorry) about from the previous person. What difference, though, is a short interlude going to make? If you're that concerned, from a health/hygiene perspective or whatever, why not bring some disinfectant and rubber gloves in order to give the seat a good wipe down before you 'take the plunge'. You can't be too careful now, can you? Also, the rest of us have our own concerns, so covering your mouth when you sneeze would be a help.
|Top squatter: Jonny Wilkinson (photo from Facebook).|
Be that as it may, any benefit gained from the above is cancelled out by some other questionable hygiene hang-ups.
One of those is a reluctance for some to drink out of a real – that is to say reusable and generally more environmentally friendly – cup/mug in a public place. The reason for this is an abhorrence of using a coffee cup that somebody else used, again this being down to a disease/germ fear, even though it has been cleaned. No, they prefer these poor quality plastic cups that practically melt once a hot drink is poured into them. With that they proceed to consume a 'healthy' mix of coffee and chemicals from the melting plastic; just add cyanide to taste.
|A 'deadly' mix: Coffee in a 'reused', real cup & handled bread.|
So you've a host of these rather puzzling fetishes concerning personal hygiene, yet a large part of Bogotá – plus many other urban areas throughout the country – resembles a dump, and in some cases a toilet. A little bit more of a desire to clean up the immediate environment rather than being overly – in a misplaced manner – occupied with 'self preservation' wouldn't go astray.
That might make us all feel a little better; and healthier.