A few months ago Justin and I started up an old school game of ‘punch-buggy’. You know, the one where you punch the other person when you see a Volkswagen Bug. Yeah, we’re very mature like that.
In the States we had an intricate set of rules that included double punches whenever one of us spotted an original bug, and triple punches for a VW van because of the rarity of these particular icons.
Within two or three days of arriving in Peru it was clear our game structure was going to need to change, or we would both be walking around with black and blue arms. You see, there are original bugs and vans EVERYWHERE. It’s like all the classic bugs migrated down past the equator and are just kicking it here, enjoying their retirement.
It’s gotten to the point that if we are really paying attention, we’ll see one every few minutes, and sometimes we see 4 or 5 parked on the same block. It’s remarkable how great of shape most of them are in, and I’d be lying if I said that the idea to buy one and drive through South America hasn’t crossed my mind more than once.
In any case, the amusement factor of punch-buggy has worn off, and it’s time for us to move on to a more challenging game. Any suggestions?