SO YOU WANT to LIVE in COSTA RICA the Adventures, Trials and Tribulations of Settling in Paradise by Gary Davis –

12 Feb

chapter 26 continued

I have learned however, that some taxi drivers will attempt to cheat you.  Their usual technique is to simply turn off their meter without saying anything and when you arrive at your destination they tell you a price which is probably about double what you would have paid if the meter had been running.  Or they don’t have a meter which, of course, you don’t notice until it’s too late.  Or they quote you a price to your destination before you get in the cab and if it’s pouring down rain or you’re in a hurry you may just give in to it.  Whatever, any way you cut it you either have a confrontation or deal with disgust.

But for the most part, I’ve found the cab drivers to be friendly and helpful.  Some even take the opportunity to practice their English.  That’s a comical experience.  Me practicing my Spanish with them practicing their English.  I’m never quite sure either of us understands the other but we at least arrive at my destination having a good time.

And I learn some new words (some I won’t put into print).


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