Crazy Gringa Cat Lady

Charlie happily hanging out in his carrier before he realized where we were going...

 

A few weeks ago I had to take Charlie to the vet. He wasn’t sick, just in need of his annual shots. My friend found Charlie near her house in Barrio Brasil. We went to her vet right around the corner to get him checked out. And ever since then, I’ve been bringing him back to the same vet because they know him, I like the vets there, and the price is right. However, this means that I have to schlep Charlie across the city to get there, which is not the easiest of tasks. Usually I take the metro there, and splurge and take a taxi back.

So on this particular occasion I headed out with Charlie in his carrier, a few treats in the side pockets, my Bip card and some cash. I thought I had brought enough cash, but I forgot that he would be needing two vaccines instead of one. So I handed all the cash I had over to the vet. No taxi for us, we would have to take the metro back. Then I remembered: I had no more money on my Bip card! I contemplated going to my friend’s apartment and scrounging around for change, but I knew no one was home and there was no guarantee that she or her boyfriend kept money in the apartment. I considered walkingΒ home from Barrio Brasil, which would have been around 7 km, and I had Charlie in tow.

So I decided I had to do something that I’ve only done a couple of times ever: get on the bus without paying.Β 

I got to the bus stop and I hoped that there would be a lot of people trying to get on so I could pass unnoticed. But there was just me, and old lady, and a teenage couple. The bus approached and it was half empty. So much for not being noticed!

I got on and swiped my card. It flashed red and made the angry “beep beep beep!” noise that tells you you’re out of money. I looked at the bus driver and said “permiso” (excuse me) with my best gringa accent. As I walked to the back to find a seat, a little boy yelled “Mira! Tiene un gato!” (Look she has a cat!)

And that my friends, is how I became the crazy gringa cat lady who doesn’t pay for the bus.

The end.

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39 thoughts on “Crazy Gringa Cat Lady

    • I contemplated doing just that. I also SERIOUSLY considered walking. But it was hot out, and Charlie isn’t huge, but he isn’t feather light either. I think I made the best decision given the circumstances.

    • I contemplated doing just that. I also SERIOUSLY considered walking. But it was hot out, and Charlie isn’t huge, but he isn’t feather light either. I think I made the best decision given the circumstances.

  1. I find that I am okay with being the “crazy gringa [fill in the blank]” when I’m in a different country.

    Don’t have the peer pressure or societal pressure like you do back home. And so many weird things happen that you figure you are really are not THAT weird πŸ™‚

    • I definitely have a love-hate relationship with my crazy gringaness. There are days (like this one) that I milk it for all it’s worth. And then there are days when I really don’t want people to notice that I’m a foreigner, and I just want to blend in and “pasar piola” as they say here in Chile. But you can’t have your cake and eat it too, right?

  2. I find that I am okay with being the “crazy gringa [fill in the blank]” when I’m in a different country.

    Don’t have the peer pressure or societal pressure like you do back home. And so many weird things happen that you figure you are really are not THAT weird πŸ™‚

    • I definitely have a love-hate relationship with my crazy gringaness. There are days (like this one) that I milk it for all it’s worth. And then there are days when I really don’t want people to notice that I’m a foreigner, and I just want to blend in and “pasar piola” as they say here in Chile. But you can’t have your cake and eat it too, right?

  3. This is too funny! I remember when I was in a similar situation of desperation without any money left to charge my Bip (menos gato) & I decided to wait around until after 9pm when the emergency saldo would kick in because I was too worried about boarding the bus without paying.

  4. This is too funny! I remember when I was in a similar situation of desperation without any money left to charge my Bip (menos gato) & I decided to wait around until after 9pm when the emergency saldo would kick in because I was too worried about boarding the bus without paying.

  5. I’m guessing this is when i wasn’t in town? You know i’d have come through for you! Oh charlie, luckiest kitty in the world. It would have been hilarious (and totallly impractical/impossible) if you’d walked him home on a leash!

    • Yes, I think this is when you were in Arequipa. The thing is, Charlie’s harness is too small now and so I hadn’t even brought the leash. So it would have been me shlepping his carrier 7 km…not so practical!

  6. I’m guessing this is when i wasn’t in town? You know i’d have come through for you! Oh charlie, luckiest kitty in the world. It would have been hilarious (and totallly impractical/impossible) if you’d walked him home on a leash!

    • Yes, I think this is when you were in Arequipa. The thing is, Charlie’s harness is too small now and so I hadn’t even brought the leash. So it would have been me shlepping his carrier 7 km…not so practical!

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