|"Attention Passengers! Indi-Bindi is forbidden except at bus-stops"|
Fast forward 30 years and the dolmuş system is alive and well but operating under rigid regulation. For a start, there are many more routes and minibuses - so many that I can't see how a living can be made except in July and August. There is a timetable ! An anathema to the last century's drivers. Even if the bus only has 2 passengers, that bus has to leave. And to add insult to injury, passengers can't be picked up or dropped off willy-nilly en route, they have to stand at bus shelters i.e. no indi-bindi. In the old days, a driver would spy a potential customer ahead and drive like a maniac to overtake the two buses in front so that he could screech to a halt to collect the now very intimidated (if foreign) potential fare in front of the competition. This practice has now been outlawed. All well and good you may say - surely this is an organised system? But if we'd wanted to live in an orderly country, we would have moved to Switzerland.
I watched a confused octogenarian trying to flag down a minibus in the centre of Bodrum as the drivers whizzed past. A couple helpfully yelled out that he had to walk to the bus stop which was 100m ahead which he eventually did, but I felt his bafflement and the question "when did dolmuş stop picking up people?" hung in the air.
Luckily for me - "indi-bind" is still the rule in our village, at least until the bus hits the main road and we actually now have a service to Bodrum from the end of our road. 6 TL (roughly 2 quid) gets you the 35 kms to Bodrum (4TL if you travel regularly). I reckon our village is about 20 years behind Bodrum so we should enjoy our indi-bindi while we've got it.
p.s. I've always thought it should be 'bindi-indi' because surely you have to get on before you can get off.