No School Bus? Then Ride a Zip Line to School

Transportation is challenging for people living in the mountains around the Rio Negro in Colombia. For more than two hundred years, the only way in or out of this area has been by zip line. Even school-age children ride it a half-mile every day to attend classes:

More than 1,300ft above the roaring Rio Negro in Colombia, nine-year-old Daisy Mora prepares to throw herself over the abyss. Attaching herself to an old and rusted pulley system she drops over the edge before plummeting at 40mph along a zip wire to the opposite bank half a mile away - a vertigo-inducing journey she has to take every day to get to school.

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I am not convinced that this is the REAL way these kids get to and from school. I guess it is possible but parents even in third world countries would have a little bit of concern about bagging their kids up and flying them a quarter mile up in the air. I wrote on a real Zip line I made:

http://pjmonolog.blogspot.com/2010/03/just-zip-it.html
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