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November 8, 2007

Travel savvy

Filed under: humor, Personal, travel, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — . @ 1:35 pm

At some point on your travels, some of the excitement and rear fades. You realize that hotels and taxis and trains are the same wherever you go. At least in Europe.
Yesterday, arriving late at night in Bern, Switzerland, from the train, I just needed to get to the hotel. I usually go online, check the maps and see how to get from one place to the next. But this trip I didn’t have the time. getting out of the train station, after 5 hours on a plane, and another 1.5 hour on the train I was tired. So I just popped into a taxi and asked him to take me to the Savoy hotel.
During the ride, I had a sense that he was driving in a circle, and adding quite a bit of a ride to what must be a relatively close location. Taking us for a ride, as they say. But hey, the company is paying, and I have faith in people. What is the worst case? That he gets a few Euros more. We finally reached the hotel and payed him the 25 Euros the meter showed. In the morning, leaving the hotel, I asked the receptionist to call me a cab. She said she can, but that if I go to the taxi stand, we can also get one. I asked where that is, and she said it was right next to the train station. Oh, and how far is that to go there?
Walking distance she said. Just exit the hotel and take a right. I did that, and walked the entire 50 meters from the hotel to the station.
The bastard. It even took shorter to walk. But God, I had a good laugh.

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  1. This is just so true.

    I hate these things, which actually makes me find myself fighting with taxi drivers abroad in China on the cost of the ride to make sure I don’t pay extra (on the company bill), just to find out eventually that it saved me less than a dollar… (out of a 3-4 dollar bill)

    Comment by Tsahi Levent-Levi — November 8, 2007 @ 6:47 pm

  2. Really funny. I thought it only happens in my country, but I see it’s a global problem. The funniest thing is taht every time you checked the map, never happened, and when you don’t, bingo, you’re caught.

    Comment by Nico — November 9, 2007 @ 3:13 pm

  3. I think there is a secret society of taxi driver spies. They have people in every company, in every home. And they check who did not check the map, and then probably spray them with some invisible material that is only visible to other taxi drivers. That means they are probably some highly developed species of aliens that have come for our money. They must also have a secret handshake.

    Comment by thebeginner — November 11, 2007 @ 6:24 am

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