I was complaining to Jassim about having to wait for the bus at temperatures around 0 degrees Fahrenheit and he told me about buses in Iraq...basically, there aren't any.
Karen: it's really frustrating, though. They intentionally don't have enough parking spaces on campus so that people will take the bus and cause less car pollution. However, the buses often are often running late. It's just too cold to wait for a bus for 10 or 15 minutes, when the schedule says that it should be there in 5!
Jassim: life still much better then here any way
Karen: and it's colder in Minnesota
Jassim: here we have no buses
Karen: we don't have buses in my hometown. However, most people there have cars
Karen: I think it must be really difficult for the people back home, who are too poor to have a car
Karen: only large cities have buses here. Most towns don't
Jassim: I didn't know that
Karen: this is part of the reason why Americans drive so many cars
Karen: the cities are built for cars
Karen: the businesses are often far away from the residential areas
Karen: so, you have to drive to get to them
Jassim: well authoreties should conern about that and provide busses
Jassim: in past we could resolve this
Karen: were there buses before the war?
Jassim: some people get a mini bus and agree with some employees to take them work and get them home back
Jassim: it was exist in early 80 s
Karen: we call this "carpooling"
Karen: or "ride-sharing"
Jassim: now we depend completely on mini buses which owned by people not companies or government
Jassim: this for people who doesnot own cars
Jassim: or many times even if you have a car it would be better to take a mini bus because of fuel lack and blocked roads