On Not Speaking Chinese – 5
In Suzhou, we tried to hire a cab to leave our hotel and go out to dinner. We were dismal failures. Could not communicate with the cab driver even using the written code of Google Translate. He finally got so exasperated with us that he turned around, said “NO!” and drove us back to the front door and gestured for us to get out. A young couple sought they cab. They told us that we would have trouble getting a cab back. So it goes.