Monday, June 22, 2009

Patience, Patience

Most Bangkok taxi drivers don't complain much about traffic. In most cases, Bangkok cabbies will patiently sit back and tolerate long delays. Part of this behavior can be attributed to the belief in Thai culture that an outward display of impatience is a personality weakness. And anyway, I'd imagine that it gets boring complaining about the same thing day in and day out. My driver today, however, was extremely frustrated with the traffic. On several occasions, he let out loud sighs and "hmmph" noises. For the first time in years, I felt like I was in a taxi in the States.