Scooter jockeys in Buenos Aires

Last night Ale and I went walking. She had to go to the neighborhood Locutorio to print out some forms for work so I went with her to keep her company.

A “locutorio” is kind of like an internet cafe — except they don’t have the cafe. They have a bank of computers and also many of them have public phones.

So for a few pesos you can get online and check email, surf the web or make (local) calls.

It’s a thing of convenience that I’m surprised someone in America hasn’t come up with yet.

While Ale was busy at the computer and printing station, I wandered outside to watch the crowds and the traffic.

Buenos Aires alwyas has people hustling around, going somewhere even late at night.

While I’m getting used to the signs and sounds of the city, there’s one thing that still surprises me.

The suicidal jockey’s with the scooters.

Zipping in and out and weaving around stalled and slower moving traffic, these guys — I haven’t seen any women yet on scooters — take their life into their hands as they fight the cars, trucks and buses for room to manuver.

It’s a dangerous hobby, but one that many of them have gotten good at.

 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

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