500 rubles | Eduardo Briceño

500 rubles

We exit the hotel in Moscow and there’s a cab parked in front of the hotel.

Wife: “Kremlin”

The driver stares at her blankly.

Husband (in mean, Russian accent): “Kremlin”

Driver: “800 rubles”

Wife: “What? No way.”

Driver: “Minimum from hotel is 1000 rubles.”

Wife: “We’ll walk” (we start walking away)

Driver: “How much?”

Wife: “500”

The driver gestures in resignation to get in the car, and we walk toward the cab to get in it.

Wife (in low voice to me): “How much is 500 rubles? I have no idea.”

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