Paulo Coelho

Paulo Coelho

Pirate taxis: where a cruzeiro turns into a dollar 1976

Original title: Taxi Pirata: Onde o cruzeiro se transforma em dolar. Pdf, 7 pages.

Column about unregulated “pirate” taxis.

Standing at the entrance to the main hotels, slick and well-maintained private cars are preparing to take tourists to discover – at a very expensive price – the wonders of Rio de Janeiro. Usually the chauffeur speaks English perfectly, but will never understand this: the more difficulty communicating with the passenger, the less things he needs to explain and the more misunderstood he can be, when this is convenient. Well-spoken, these drivers consider themselves to be a separate caste, and they treat each other with respect and irony, dubbing their activities as “the group of pirate taxis”.




Language: Portuguese Publication Date: 1976

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