Experiencing Technical Difficulties (resonant) wrote,
Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Coming back from Dijit National Park, in Albania, part 3

In the northeastern corner of Tirana, where the roads at at incredibly steep angles, it is possible to accidentally strike overhead telephone wires with your umbrella.

When a bus or taxi is waiting for passengers, the passenger doors are left open. This is a very good idea if the weather isn't too hot or too cold. It's an obvious signal that the vehicle is available to accept passengers, and an open door keeps the vehicle ventilated. At night, this also turns on the interior light of the waiting taxi, so the driver can read his newspaper.

The taxi driver who took me back to my hotel stopped in the middle of the road, got out, and went into a restaurant to ask for directions. Nobody honked or complained. Traffic just rerouted around the stopped vehicle.

The taxi driver asked me what my culture was. I didn't know how to answer. He then said that his was Manchester United.

The taxi driver was very patient in trying to find my hotel (it was on a tiny side street). We ended up calling the front desk to ask for directions, and it took him far longer than his usual fare. He put a lot of effort into making me a happy customer, and he probably missed out on several other customers. When I asked him the charge, I could tell he felt guilty, but he nonetheless tried overcharging me for the distance traveled. I refused, and paid him even more than that. He was very helpful and friendly to a weird fat foreigner who couldn't pronounce words correctly, just like everyone else I dealt with in Albania.
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