I'll start with Baja and play it by ear.
In case you didn't know, I was on a Green Tortoise trip to Baja Mexico from Dec 19th through Jan 3rd. That's a long time to be on a bus, especially with 34 new friends, not counting the 2 drivers.
This pack was my life for 15 days
I flew into San Francisco and took the BART to the hostel. The tour begins and ends in S.F. Life on the Green Tortoise revolves around the bus. It's how we get around, often where we sleep, and next to where we prepare our meals.
During the day, time is spent talking, playing games, reading, napping, watching the world go by, drinking, and sometimes playing D.J. with your iPod.
The front of the bus has bench seats along the side with a walkway down the middle
The middle has 2 tables with bench seats on either side, plus the walkway down the middle. I spent a good deal of time in this area playing cards.
The back is one large cushion covered area, with cushions along the side to lean against. There is no walkway.Above are luggage racks which convert into 6 bunks at night. I slept here most of the time. There's also an extra elevated bunk in the back for the driver's to use. The bathroom in the back left is off limits. We stopped often for toilet breaks, which usually meant the side of the road. Guys had it much easier than the ladies.
At night, it's sleeping bags galore down below. I snapped this photo with my Blackberry from the safety of my top bunk. This is a good example of the 'zipper' method used to pack more bodies into a tight space.