Day 210: Taxis and the Mafia

Normally we arrange transfers for our clients, but on our RTW trip, we’ve tried to wing it as much as possible, because something as simple as trying to negotiate taxi fare can provide a great look into the life and heart of a culture. Well, we were not disappointed.  We landed at 9pm Indonesian time, but it was already midnight in Sydney.  Needless to say, we were all tired.  As soon as we entered the taxi area, we were bombarded by extremely aggressive drivers, trying to win our business.  One in particular was overwhelmingly persistent…. Read More

Day 64: Why Not Rather Suffer Wrong?

The timing of this strange question could not have been more perfect.  Since we arrived in Playa almost two months ago, we have been cheated over and over again.  I know that seems a bit harsh, and I don’t mean it to be.  I love Playa del Carmen and I especially love its residents!  Hopefully you already know this through my other posts. Many of the taxi drivers (taxistas), however, have not garnered the same affection in our hearts.  To them, we are ‘turistas’, naive, ignorant, Gringos!  Apparently, we also have plenty… Read More