In the latest Friendly Friday Challenge Amanda issued a call for stories about travels ON THE WAY to or from somewhere.
Amanda tells us about her hair-raising taxi ride to Bangkok airport. I can relate to that. Seems to me that my most hair-raising experiences have been on the way to places in-with-and-around taxis, cars and motorbikes.
Sometimes my trips weren’t even very long. Sometimes, all I wanted was to get other side of the street.
Amanda’s Friendly Friday Challenge for ON THE WAY lasts for the next two weeks. Why don’t you join in the fun? Remember to include a ping-back to Amanda’s original post here and be sure to check out all the other responses too!
** UPDATE ** In case you’re wondering
There’s a secret to crossing the street in Vietnam. I learned it early on and navigated freely during my visit. The key is knowing the social contract between pedestrian and motor vehicles and following some simple rules.
How to cross the street in HCMC
- Walk slowly and deliberately into the traffic. The moto’s will see you and they will flow around.
- Do not run. No one can predict how fast you can run and they can’t adjust their speed accordingly.
- Always go forward. Never go back. The motos expect you to go forward.
- ALWAYS LOOK AT ONCOMING TRAFFIC. “I see you” and “You see them” confirms the social contract.
- Respect the laws of precedence. Motos give way to pedestrians. Pedestrians give way to cars, buses and trucks. If you can’t safely cross in front of a car, bus or truck – Pause and let them pass – then resume walking forward.
- NEVER STOP. Stopping in the middle of the street is worse than never getting on.
Video’s taken in HCMC (Saigon) in 2014 and compiled in Toronto, Canada. 2021