So last week I decided to take a cab to play group instead of driving (terrible traffic during the week and not a direct bus route) and after realizing my Russian speaking neighbor's husband was not home I had to use "Plan B". Plan B was to have the concierge (Deszornia) call for me, which was interesting because of the whole language barrier issue. My Russian is embarrassingly limited so I said "please"and "now" and pointed to my cell phone then a business card for a taxi service and then finally to the address where I needed to go. She started to ask me a million questions to which my only reply was to repeat the above sequence and to smile. It worked, my taxi came and took me to the place I needed to go! Fantastic! I then had someone's Russian speaking nanny order the cab for our return ride home.
Soo... during my language lesson last week we practised ordering a taxi by phone and guess what?? Today I called and ordered my own taxi in Russian!! Yippee! Better yet, I ended up at the right place and even on time. Granted, I did practise all morning and had a cheat sheet written all up to take with me so I could also get home as well (which we did!!) When I couldn't understand the questions they were asking I just proceeded to the next line on my cheet sheet.
I know this seems like such a simple feat but, trust me, with the language barrier it's a huge feat! Eric and I have hailed taxi's on the street but that's easier as you don't have to tell them where you are just where your going or point to it on a map. At any rate, I'm super proud of myself! There is an English speaking taxi service but they are more expensive and I'm cheap!