We were very sad to lose Phillipe our house guardian this week. He's gotten a taxi and has decided to go into business as a full-time taxi driver. Like many of Mali's taxis, it's an old Mercedes that is barely running. The appearance and interior are far from what you'd expect of a Mercedes, but it gets from point "A" to point "B", and that's about all that matters here.
Julie has ridden with Phillpe a few times and saw her life flash before her eyes on a couple of occasions...but that's not uncommon in a taxi here. On one of her trips, he bumped into a pole and a few minutes later almost ran into a sewer ditch. Tijuana is known for its crazy taxi rides, but Mali makes a Tijuana taxi seem like a quiet ride on the Autopia at Disneyland. Although we don't have much faith in Phillipe's driving skills, we still wish him well in his new business.