The transport mafia is as annoying as ever…

Having arrived in Bali, it didn’t take but 5 minutes for me to remember why I hate the airport. The cries of “transport mister?” “taxi mister?” just kept coming, along with a bunch of people who just do not understand the meaning of the word “no”, even if uttered in their native language.

Really? Is this how visitors to Bali are welcomed? I’m surprised there aren’t any taxi drivers being mercilessly shivved in the street… because it really gets that annoying. Because when you tell one of them no, another comes, even if he heard you say no the first time. And so on, and so forth…

Does it not register that harassing and annoying people the second they step foot outside the terminal is not going to be conductive to getting any business? I mean, sure, you need a taxi out of here, but if it feels so incredibly pressured and forced, it doesn’t make me feel any happier. In fact, it totally ruins my mood, and that is generally speaking a really bad idea. And I’m known as one of the more easy-going folks on this planet, imagine what happens to someone who isn’t as easy-going…

That being said, the situation outside the airport will most likely not be any different; if you’re white, you will get taxi’s honking at you, and random screams of “Transport?” will come your way. And you’ll be followed around by the more persistent few.

All in all, I remember everything I hated (and hate) about Bali, courtesy of a few annoying transport people. Good going!

Ben van Staveren

A somewhat odd traveler, wanderer, wonderer and all-around sarcastic pain in peoples' asses, most of the time. Keeps busy with IT security, random acts of geekery, and other things that have nothing whatsoever to do with IT, computers, or electronics. Can currently be found residing in Jakarta, Indonesia.