To the dismay of a loud American tourist, the Bolivian man driving the local bus from Gayos to Pozo del Cura is unable to answer even the simplest questions in fluent English.
Local sources have confirmed that bus driver Ramon Fuentes, 43, only knows a handful of words in English, and despite his broad smile and enthusiastic use of body language is having trouble explaining to the angry American man why the vehicle’s air-conditioning unit isn’t working.
“It’s unbelievable that he doesn’t speak any of the language,” said the tourist, who asked to remain anonymous. “Doesn’t he have a TV or go to the movies or something?”
“If you work in the tourism industry you should at least know conversational English,” added the red-faced American, who despite having lived for 32 years in Miami still thinks “por qué” means “please.”
The Tragic Traveller’s contacts in Gayos can reveal that that Fuentes, who had to leave school at 14 to support his terminally ill mother, can’t even count to 10 in the world’s most widely spoken language.
“He should really take classes or something to upskill himself,” the tourist said of Fuentes, who works 65 hours a week to put food on the table for his wife and five children.
At the time of publication, a warmly grinning Fuentes was overheard telling the tourist to “Vete a la mierda.”