Long holidays are always relaxing, and for me the New Year recess was a blessing. Not because I could take a break from work, but because I was finally able to take time away from the most exhausting part of my daily routine _ hailing a taxi.
Every evening, I rely on the taxi service to pick up my kid from the nursery and to go home. It's a rare and lucky day if I can find a cabbie who agrees to stop en route and wait for me briefly, sparing me the trouble of looking for another taxi. Most of the time the cabby simply shakes their head, with excuses including the distance being too far, or the tanks are nearly empty, or they can't return their vehicle to the garage in time.
I put up with this experience for the whole of last year. I can count on my fingers the number of times I was accepted by the first taxi I flagged, despite the relatively short distance between the nursery and my house (the fare is usually 50 to 60 baht). There is even a shortcut, via sois, if the main road is clogged with traffic.
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