METROMINI

Indonesia Expat - - CITY LIFE -

Former In­done­sian For­mula One driver Rio Haryanto’s rac­ing car had the same colour scheme as a MetroMini but that’s where the sim­i­lar­ity stops. You some­times see one of these dis­tinc­tive orange and blue minibuses ly­ing in a twisted wreck at a level cross­ing, the pres­sured driver hav­ing crept around the bar­rier and into the path of a train. But don’t worry, your route is un­likely to cross any rail­way lines. Ex­pect to share your ride not only with stoic fel­low pas­sen­gers, but also with street-urchin cig­a­rette sell­ers, stony-faced beg­gars and gui­tar-play­ing buskers (“I could be get­ting on to rob you, but in­stead I’m per­form­ing, so pay up!”). Typ­i­cal fare: Rp4,000, payable to the con­duc­tor upon en­try.

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