June 25, 2011

Taxi Driver Reflects

Is there anyone who has NOT been in a taxi with a driver who knows his global news?

Tonight we had gone further away than usual from our apartment to buy our groceries at a Carrefour, a large French-owned hypermarket. As we came out of the building, boldly parked right in front of the line of yellow taxis, was this driver with a beat-up old gray car who enthusiastically offered a deal to get us back home and, after the nod, quickly lifted our heavy bags into his trunk. We were stunned that the "official" cab drivers did not utter a squeak in protest.

We speak no Romanian and our driver knew no more than a few words of English, and still, yes and still, he and my brother together managed to sort out the problems of our world. I just sat in the back, enjoyed their banter and captured this driver (and photographer) in the small mirror attached to his cracked front windshield.

Bucharest, 2011

This image joins the communities at Weekend in Black and White and Weekend Reflections.

Perhaps if you enlarge this second longer view image you can also see the sunlight reflect off the cracks in the windshield glass.


21 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a fun, great post for the day, Francisca!! Love your reflections for the day!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend -- and more interesting cab drivers!!

Sylvia

Dragonstar said...

A fun photo. The windscreen looks a bit worrying, but it makes for a great photo.

Ms. Becky said...

okay, I'm certain I need look no further for my favorite reflection of the weekend. this is fun, clever, and very mirror-crack'd. love it Francisca!

EG Wow said...

I'm amazed at how well you get around without speaking Romanian!

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh my goodness, Francisca, there really is sunlight reflected in the cracks! Wonderful. And I love the story of the men communicating despite the language barrier. Must be a guy thing. LOL
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Nora said...

Brave of you getting in a very run down taxi without speaking any Romanian. Life is an adventure, isn't it? Very nivce photographs you take, I've seen your other ones too.

lotusleaf said...

Such innovative photos! Our cab drivers are the same!

Genie said...

How you manage on a daily basis not speaking the language is amazing to me. Your facial expressions and hands must be your language! These 2 shots are great. The first in b/w definitely shows of the reflection and the crack, but the second one REALLY does it. The light on the cracks is awesome. Great shots. Genie

Pat Tillett said...

You are one brave girl! I'm somewhat brutish and I'm not sure I would have gotten into that cab! I do love the photo...

Andrea said...

Hi Francisca, hahaha, you're really so very good in getting reflections! You can see them in the most unexpected places, i love that 2nd photo.

Gine said...

La deuxième est parfaite pour moi ! Le reflet brisé ... Bravo !

Ann said...

heheheh, the trouble is the computer has taken all my cooking skills, and the food is barely edible. I tried a new recipe cooking curry with the slow cooker, and the son said it taste terrible, and I threw the whole pot out. Tonight, i played it safe and boild a big pot of chicken with chicken herbs, the herbal smell permeates to the whole house. Not going to cook any veges.

You a good cook?

cieldequimper said...

Excellent reflection but oh boy, what a windshield...

LauraX said...

such a fascinating life you lead...you meet so many interesting people and see things others do not. I love dropping by to find out what you are up to!

Dina said...

Yalla, live dangerously, go ahead!

anemonen said...

Artistic photo I like it!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

These photos would not be nearly as interesting without the cracked windshield. Hope his brakes are in better shape than the rest of the car. (Wink)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Very fun post -- I like the way you captured both meanings of the word! Yes, cab drivers are among those we encounter who do know how to solve the worlds' problems ;>)

We are just settled in from our road trip (not by cab)..and am looking forward to catching up with my favorite bloggers.

James said...

Very cool shots!

awarewriter said...

I prefer the excellent B&W crop. Lovely image.

Thanks for visiting and leaving your kind words.

JM said...

These are very cool shots, Francisca.