Those commercials about “The Most Interesting Man In the World”? Lies.
This man is the most interesting man in the world.
We had the pleasure of having Theodore as our bus driver. He once was a soccer player for the team in Athens. Later on in his life, he had to serve time in the military and he worked as a driver. He decided to be a bus driver and now owns his own bus and I believe is self employed, but I’m not really sure.
Theodore Voyages. Look it up.
Theodore is probably the most amazing bus driver to have ever lived. Seriously. I have never felt safer in a bus. He drove a fifty passenger bus backwards up a mountain because he didn’t want to get his bus dusty by turning it around on the gravel at the top. Definition of class.
We needed a bus driver like Theodore for the places we went. One day, we drove for five hours in almost solely mountain terrain, on these narrow roads with steep drops on the side. For Theodore? No problem. In certain cities, we had to drive on even smaller roads, with cars lined on both sides, and turns that were practically 90 degrees. I don’t know if we were riding on the Night Bus from Harry Potter or what, but we somehow made it through those towns, literally without a scratch.
And may I add that I had no idea how fortunate we were to have a bus driver that could single handedly load 75+ suitcases into a bus in 15 minutes until we had to wait for 45 minutes for our Italian bus driver to load us up at the airport.
But most importantly, Theodore is a great guy. A real gentleman. He was the only soul brave enough to pick up the body of bird that flew into the window at the rest stop, and he proceeded to place it gently under a tree to rest in peace. He first met his wife by placing a rose on her seat during one of the tours on his bus. He pulled over his bus to save a turtle that was crossing the highway.
And Theodore was always so nice to me. I’d talk to him at breakfast and ask about Greek culture and about the language. We became really good friends by the end of the trip in fact! Every time I got on the bus, he would say “Yassu, Abby!”
Yasses and yassu both mean hello. Yasses is formal. Yassu is for friends.
Yassu Theodore. This ones for you! Thanks for everything you did for me and the class!