World Cup tourists travelling by bus in the Brazilian city of Recife may be in for the ride of their life if they hop on the 503. The driver has the bus decked out in Brazilian flags and plays catchy forro dance music. (June 28)
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Recife, Brazil - June 25/27, 2014
1. Various of bus decked out in the colors of Brazil's World Cup team
World Cup tourists travelling by bus in the Brazilian city of Recife may be in for the ride of their life. That is if they hop onto the 503 bus driven by Uiraquitan Batista. Batista's bus is hard to miss.
Covered from head to toe in Brazilian flags and yellow and green paraphernalia, it throbs to the beat of forro music, the catchy dance music that originates in northeastern Brazil.
Wearing a hat decorated with the Brazil flag, Batista drives around the city bouncing up and down in the driver's seat to the beat of the music he plays, and welcomes passengers with an ear to ear smile.
Passengers sing along and dance together inside the bus, sometimes with Batista's sidekick, bus fare collector Eduardo Martins, sporting a green and yellow wig.
Batista and Martins spent a whole day decorating the bus with flags, banners and other objects, which were paid for by their bus company. In fact the company liked Batista's idea so much that they asked him to alternate routes every weekday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. to benefit passengers in all parts of Recife.