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  •  I seem to remember seeing Henry Rollins (0+ / 0-)

    doing standup about driving in Cairo. I think he said something about the four lane highway becoming an eight lane highway. The cars just doubled up across without any space separating them. Many people did not have side mirrors and most cars were dented. Everyone sped. Apparently, the three lane highway became six lane. At the intersection, the traffic lights were ignored and the eight lane cars just went ahead. The six laners had to weave in between to get across.  So Jon is not the first to comment on this. I suspect that, in Egypt and around the world there is comedic tradition of complaining about traffic conditions in Egypt.

    An eye for an eye and the whole world will be blind.

    by rini6 on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 01:22:01 PM PDT

    •  Cairo Traffic (1+ / 0-)
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      When I was in Cairo over 30 years ago, the streets were (literally) filled with every mode of transit in human history. Pedestrians, wheelchairs, beggars sitting on flat wheeled carts a few inches off the ground, camels, donkeys, oxen, rikshaw person-drawn carts (some drawn by bicycles, some by mopeds, some by animals), mopeds, motorcycles, something that looked like an amusement park go-cart, welded together cars, pickups (some with tables in the back), buses (covered with people clinging to roof and outside windows), taxis, 4-door cars (some with people on the hood and trunk)... I could go on. Traffic signals both sign and changing lights stood amidst the vehicle streams, which flowed around and past them (including over sidewalks, especially at corners) - no direct effects on the movement, more like a side conversation about all the action.

      It was hilarious, but I had not yet learned what it was like to drive anywhere, let alone in something like that.

      "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

      by DocGonzo on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 04:07:32 PM PDT

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