Sunday, July 15, 2012

Pumpkin Taxi

In Thai, the word for pumpkin is fukthong which can be translated as golden squash. As a result of the reference to gold in the name, pumpkins are a symbol of prosperity in this culture. Occasionally, you can find the little real ones on taxi dashboards as a way to attract money, but in this cab there's a traditional Thai benjarong ceramic pumpkin sitting on the taxi meter. As I rode in this taxi, I imagined that the cab itself could turn into a pumpkin just like in a fairytale. If that were the case, the driver would get rich from all the princes and princesses who would want to take a ride in it.