Foreigners vs Taxi Drivers 2- 1. How?
And I think I saw a tram, outside of Melbourne. Or is it really?
Here’s to navigating around Armenia, made easy.
Now, how did Armenian taxi drivers manage to break the duck? They run without meters, just like their Georgian counterpart. And yet every Armenian taxi drivers charge the same price for the same distance. Even when they were negotiating, they didn’t have that sort of smugness, unlike their Filipino and Georgian counterparts. And the one thing that amazed Miss Hoggy was that they actually give you back the change! Shame on you, Filipino and Georgian drivers! You always claimed you never have any change on you.
And that, I was corrected, is not a tram, but a trolleybus or a trackless tram in the early days. So people back in the days thought it was some kind of tram, too… Regardless, these trolleybuses are aplenty in Yerevan with their own given bus stops and they actually have a timetable.
Hmm… bus stops and timetables, which don’t equate to marshrutkas, Or so I thought, thanks to the Georgians. But this is Armenia and marshrutkas actually run on a timetable! Sorry, the days of me waiting by the highway, not knowing when an intended marshrutka was going the turn up just flashed by. Oh oh oh.. And they have bus stops. You wait there and you get dropped off there. It did get me a little emotional when all I had to do with a marshrutka was to call out “Kangnak!” for the driver to stop at the next bus stop. No more painstakingly identifying landmarks as my makeshift stop and still got it really wrong.
There is one thing, however, that you need to do before boarding these public transports: finding out the route numbers of your intended destination. Just like their Georgian counterparts, even when the routes are organised numerically, the route names are written in Armenian. So, ask your local guide or the person standing next to you… wait wait wait…at the bus stop (sorry, can’t help it). They are more than happy to help you.
I only had a week there and already I wished I had more time to explore the Armenian countryside. If you do have the time, do yourself a favour and explore this country in its little quirks and delights. Honest taxi drivers, timetables and bus stops do make travelling this country a little easier.