Macedonia, January 15, 2007
Round and round we go, in the automobile flow
When I travel for business, I need to get to meetings fast. Meetings that can be across town or across a (small) country. Often, taxi drivers have a much different view of driving than you or I might.
Traffic rules are flexible, lanes are fluid, and cops are irrelevant in more places and ways than you can imagine. And I have the hardest time conveying both the speed and agility in which they drive and my paradoxically calm nature when zipping across a city on a Thai motorcycle taxi for example.
Here in Skopje, taxis are a little less insane in their lane jumping rush to earn my $1-2 per ride. But don't think it's a calm drive. Better yet, live a few moments of a taxi ride I took this week with this short backseat video of the experience.See, that wasn't so bad, now was it? And I have to say I love the taxis here. They are quick, plentiful, and often, nice new cars. Luckily, there isn't a Old San Juan taxi Mafia, so prices are cheap - I've not yet had a $3 taxi ride.
I only wish they would honk if they loved me.