Somethings just dont go smoothly. No bike and when it does arrive (thurs. so im told) it will cost me over $3000.00 aus. to get it. The great thing is the guy at this end has said i can unpack it at their depot. This will be a great help to me.
While ive been waiting ive taken many walks. but the most fun was catching the local 'Black Taxi's' and the general 'Big buses'.
With a guy in the same room as i, off we went to the local Mall,where there is a TAXI rank. This Rank is all Toyota Hiaces in all manner of conditions. There seems to be no real logic to it all, although im sure there is. You keep asking and eventually u find the taxi that will go in that general direction u need, with, 15 other customers.
All customers pay a set fee, that fee seems to be known by some of the customers and u hand that money to the person infront of u and so on till it gets to the driver. If change is required it will come back to u in the same way. This is all happening while the taxi driver is driving, sorting the change, and sometimes all while hes on the mobile phone.
The goal to the taxi trips was to get to the Joburg Zoo, this took a good 5 different taxis to achieve our destination. After the Zoo we went to a Market place using one Big Bus and 4 taxis, then to get back home it took us 5 taxis and a fair amount of walking. Saw a great deal of Joburg and its locals during the day and it was a long long day.
Funny realy as it was my birthday, mind u i had not remembered till late morning.
That nite and i mean nite, when we returned to the hostel i was exhausted but partied with some of the other tenants. Had great if not blured chats with many of them as the nite continued.
The next day was spent lazing around with a rather sore head.
Posted by Brian Bayley at January 23, 2007 04:49 PM GMT
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