Less than twenty minutes south east of Amsterdam is a train station sprawling two towns. Naarden-Bussum. You could call them villages.
Bussum is an affluent village with a Leonidas shop in its pedestrian shopping area. Residents in Bussum were once asked whether they wanted a bus to pass through their streets.
No, they said unanimously.
So a bus was routed twice an hour through the quiet, tree-lined residential roads of Bussum. Between the Porsches and the BMWs, the bus weaved through the large detached houses whose owners included television celebrities and the rich and famous.
The bus moved between Bussum and Hilversum from morning to night, five days a week.
Ironically, the bus is usually empty.
29 September 2002 Sunday
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