Saturday, January 15, 2011

Traffic in Egypt

Busy Cairo side street
There seems to us to be no rhyme or reason to traffic in Cairo. This is just a small side street, about a block from the Talisman Hotel. Generally we decide crossing the street is potentially a dangerous proposition, especially since we see no signals for walking. Drivers are competitive, apparently, and from the looks of vehicles, a lot of people consider driving to be a contact sport!

At night many vehicles use parking lights for ordinary driving, saving headlights for various sorts of communication. Traffic lanes apparently do not exist. Or if they do, they are advisory at best. This is clearly not a place for casually renting a car and attempting to enter the fray.

1 comment:

  1. I'm enjoying your blog! I'm a Babycenter friend of Astrid's! My husband is active duty Air Force and spent quite a bit of time traveling to Saudi Arabia the past 2 years for short teaching assignments. His favorite stories involve the traffic! He said it is just crazy over there and that would create traffic lanes where they didn't exist! Can't wait to hear more about your journey.