I recently had a friend called Jill staying as a guest at my place in Tenerife and I was showing her around the island. One day we decided to go to see Mt Teide and had to catch a Tenerife Titsa bus at the station in Puerto de la Cruz.
I had told Jill there might be a big queue so it was wise to get there early to make sure we got a seat. We were there well ahead of when the bus was due to go out and so that meant we were first on when the driver had indicated that passengers could now get on board.
I put my Bono bus ticket in the machine and told the driver my destination and Jill followed. I thought it would be a good idea to choose seats towards the front of the bus and I was going to take the aisle seat so my friend could see out through the side windows.
We were the first people on and so I had the choice of all the seats that were on the bus. I chose two and signalled for Jill to get in and then I sat down.
By then many other people had also got on and the bus was filling fast. I sat back and that was when I realised I had a problem because my seat went backwards into the space of the person behind me. They were reclining seats but mine was reclining too far.
I pulled it back and Jill, seeing my difficulty said to use the controls on the side to lock it in upright position. I tried but it wouldn't work.
This meant that I couldn't sit back for the entire journey, which was awkward. What were the chances of picking the only broken seat on the bus, Jill and I wondered?
Was it me that had somehow made the seat control malfunction? I had told her about how I have this type of problem at times.
Anyway, I made the best of it and spent most of the journey telling Jill what to look out for outside. I had to be careful not to lean backwards though. "Why me? " I was thinking!