Friday, August 24, 2007
Saved by the bus
We were so happy when we discovered that the airport bus goes right by our neighborhood. Not only is it fast and cheap (about $1.50), but it means we can avoid the voracious cab drivers that hang out in front of the terminal. If you show the slightest interest, they surround you, badgering you with offers and lies ("it's cheaper if we don't use the meter"; "there's a $5 surcharge"; "there aren't any buses"). Airport cab drivers seem to be specially selected for their dishonesty. It's a shame that the few tourists who defy the odds and come to Jakarta get browbeaten and cheated the moment they stumble out of the terminal.
Anyway, the bus is like garlic to vampires -- utter the word to taxi drivers, and they fade back into the night with a look of horror and vexation.