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9.22.2007

Overcoming My Fear of the Taxi

Today I did something that I have been putting off since I have arrived here in El Salvador. I do not have a vehicle but I am in the process of looking for one. In the meantime, I have two roommates with vehicle's that I have been depending on. That in itself has been a lesson for me. I normally do not like to depend on people for a ride because I feel like I am being an inconvenience. That is beside the point. Inevitably I knew this day would come. Both of my roommates were not available to take me to work with Club Castillo this morning so I had to call for a taxi. Keep in mind I do not think I have ever rode in a taxi in the U.S. Much less ride in a taxi in another country, by myself. So there is this particular taxi service that I am supposed to use called Deluxe Taxi. My roommate gave me the directions to our house and then the street of where I need to go. I know my way enough to get around, however with limited Spanish speaking skills I was a tad bit nervous. I knew how to tell him where I needed to go but for some reason there was this lingering fear. Fingers shaking I timidly pushed the buttons to call the taxi and had no problems explaining where I was. He arrived within record time, upon arrival I hear his music blaring, telling me he was here. I run downstairs jump in and tell him where I need to go. As we get close to the spot, not knowing the exact street name, I told him to take a left on this street this is where I need to be. Then I asked him to pick me back up at noon. So needless to say the huge weight that I have been carrying around has been lifted. I have been freed of my fear of taxi's. I now feel like I could go anywhere.

2 comments:

  1. Lol

    The golden rule in El Salvador is that taxis are ok, as long as you have the company phone number. Keep that in mind, and good luck!

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  2. I wonder if those taxis are as expensive as ours.

    And as long as you're buying a car, go ahead and get a good cruddy vehicle...the hassle alone will be worth the stories!

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