The Gypsy is back with her take on South African taxi’s. This is an extremely refreshing take on the taxi’s! Thanks Gypsy.
Have you ever been in a mini-bus taxi? Kombis that’s what they are called in the east coast. Last year I rode in a mini-bus for the first time in South Africa, quite honestly I don’t know why it took me that long to get in one. I am used to mad hustle and crazy traffic moments, I lived in Lagos and New York! Two of the maddest cities in the world. Last year my tiny voxxy breaks down smack in the middle of exams and I decided to catch a taxi instead ask my step-mom to drive me around. What an amazing experience, and the people you get to meet on one trip; it’s unbelievable.
My thing with mini-bus taxis is that they are one moving embodiment of South African culture. You hop in, on one hand you have three chickitas talking about what Joe did with Lungi and how pissed Sne is. And there is a Gogo on the other end, telling her gran-daughter her skirt is too short for school and in the background, there is banging kwaito music that makes you wanna get up and dance. It’s awesome! Also if you take a specific route, you realise that half the people in the taxi know each other and have great insight into each other’s stories. It’s like “Central Perk” on wheels without the coffee option. The amount of culture one gets to witness in a mini-bus taxi is fascinating. It’s awesome to see how different and yet the same everybody is. The Chikitas gossip about Joe as my friends and I would and the granny might as well have been mine as that was exactly what she would have said. Now I have made it a rule to catch a taxi once a week. This is something you have to do at least once or twice or three times…
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