Sunday, January 18, 2009

My hands hurt

Keeping our taxis clean is very important in the south of Gran Canaria. When you take a taxi here you'll always see that the cars are very clean both out and inside. You'll always see taxi drivers cleaning their cars at slow taxi ranks. Normally all cars have two shifts so the one working the day shift cleans the outside of the car while the one on the night shift cleans the inside.
Well... these days it's very hard to clean the car because of the cold. My hands are aching because of the cold water even though I'm only cleaning the inside of our car.... wow! I hope this cold goes away soon!
Many customers ask me about the weather forecast; weather reports say that it's still going to be cold... unfortunately.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

It's cold!

Wow... just got back home from work and I'm cold! My car thermometer indicated 13ÂșC when I left Puerto Rico... this is really cold for Gran Canaria! Last few days have been very cold and today you could see the Teide from Amadores and it had snow on it. People here say that it's been a very long time ago since last time it was so cold here in the south of Gran Canaria and that we will probably get snow on the mountains here this week as well... let's wait and see ;)

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Taxi or Minibus?

Do you take 5? Many times people ask me that question and most of the times, if they have little children (2-5 years) I ask: Where are you going? If it's inside Puerto Rico and I don't have to cross any main road I consider taking them. But if they are going a greater distance or we have to take the main road I will not take that trip. In Spain it is not allowed to take more passengers than seat belts available in the car. If you do them the favor and say yes and one minute later police stops you or you have an accident do you know who is going to be blamed? Yes, me.... Are they going to pay the ticket for being 5? No, I will be the one paying for that as it's me who accepted the trip.
Once I was waiting in the taxi rank in Monte Anfi. Someone with a push chair came to me and said: Taxi? OK! I got out of the car, opened the trunk and put the chair inside. When I got back into my car I saw a man and a child sitting next to me. Huh? What is that? But the main surprise was in the back; I saw 6 heads when I took a look into the mirror. Three adulds each with one child on them.
Sir, this is not possible. I can only take 4 people. He said: Don't worry, we are only going to ArguineguĂ­n.... Sir, you need to take two taxis or are you going to pay for the ticket?
He got very mad and they got out of the car. I could not understand what they were saying to me but I'm sure it was nothing nice....
We are not allowed to take more than four passengers in a regular taxi. In Puerto Rico there are six units that are allowed to take five people so if you need one just look for for them. It's important for your safety!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Been very busy!

Wow.... it's been two weeks already since my last post. I've been really busy during the holidays with family, friends and work (it's been great!). It has been a long time since I last saw Puerto Rico that busy. We've been working almost non stop whole day long with tons of people waiting at the taxi ranks making it possible to do over 60 rides a shift... awesome :)

Yesterday (Saturday) you could see lots of buses leaving Puerto Rico... much more than arriving. This is not good and the result was much less work... of course ;)