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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Of Taxis And Men

Three years ago, I wrote about taxis in Djibouti and how they constantly harrass you when you're walking down the street.  They don't seem to understand when you DON'T need a taxi nor how you could never provide them with a destination when you're exactly where you want to be.  Well, another fact about DJ taxis struck me the other day.  In both my trips to Djibouti, I don't think I've ever seen anyone riding in a taxi!  Of course, someone must hail them and pay or how would they stay in business?  Gas is about $6/gallon here so how could they drive around all day with no customers?  Could it be the government is subsidising all these taxis to drive around, toot their horns, and all in all, annoy the crap out of pedestrians!  This is a mystery I must solve before I leave Djibouti again.

6 comments:

  1. a very mysterious matter...aren't there many tourists there?

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  2. Now come on, Lilia! Have you ever heard anyone say, I'm spending my vacation in Djibouti:) Seriously, the tourists are more scarce than the taxi passengers!

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  3. Ehm...to tell you the truth I didn't know where Djibouti was before you talked me about your travel there ;)The Republic of Djibouti...never heard before...

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  4. Same for me. When I heard I might come here three years ago, I had to find it on a map!

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  5. That's helps me...I thought it was in Asia...so maybe we made the same mistake as well. Or my geography knowledge is worse than yours. Did you also think Djibouti was in Asia? I think I have to improve my geography knowledge about Asia and Africa...:)

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  6. We can't know everything and this is one of the least important things to know:)

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