|07-10-2009, 07:18 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2009
LOA lesson I learned yesterday
I had to travel up in to the city yesterday which involves microbuses or buses and / or metro part way which on a Thursday late afternoon could take a couple of hours (it's the start of the weekend on Thursday evenings round here).
It was boiling hot (38C - 100F) and as I walked to the roadside where you have to stand and wait for anything going your way, I thought - "I want a nice comfortable front seat in the microbus going all the way to Giza". As 2 or 3 came past full I made the relevant hand gestures. One passed 3 other people waiting and came up to me - I THOUGHT I saw the driver do the gesture for pyramids (about half way - I would have to change to another bus there), so I got on - the only seat available was a comfortable front seat so I thought - I have half of what I asked for.
Anyway, he accepted the fare to pyramids, when we got there I said in my best arabic "I want Giza" (ie let me out at the Giza road). Well blow me down with a feather if he wasn't going all the way to Giza!!!! I had to pay a bit more fare (normally you have to pay the fare all the way to the destination no matter where you're getting off so by letting me pay less he had convinced me he was only going part way).
SO even though I didn't know it had worked perfectly, it HAD!!
So moral of the story - **** you might not know it but you might already be on the right 'bus' for your destination *******
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