Union strike makes hailing a taxi not so easy

March 11, 2012

Another beautiful day in Madrid, cool but sunny.  (They’re having a severe drought in Spain, fires in quite a few areas including the mountains, Pyrenees, and temps, in general, are 7 to 10 degrees higher than normal for this time of year.  Sound familiar?

Anyway, in talking with the front desk about getting a taxi, I found out there’s a  strike of the workers unions in Madrid (the country?) over all the financial conditions in Spain, so no taxis can get into this part of the city because it’s closed down.  (Read about it here: http://www.newsday.com/news/nation/spanish-unions-call-general-strike-over-reforms-1.3590536)

The hotel staff will go with me to a place where supposedly we can get a taxi a few blocks away so I can go to the train station (no strikes there, it says in the fine print) to pick up my car at Hertz.  Let’s hope the Hertz people are working so I can drive up to Logroño.

Fortunately the next strike isn’t until March 29, and I won’t be here.

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