I arrived in Cairo – a city of 17 million people, many of which are extremely poor.
And one of the first things I noticed was...
They drive like people from Chicago, but even more crazy. Like 10 times more crazy.
First, headlights and tail lights at night, just suggestions.
The lines separating the lanes of traffic to drive in, again just suggestions. Many drivers are constantly driving in 2 lanes, until someone comes up behind them, honks their horn, and flashes their lights. This is the universal signal in Cairo that I am passing you better move over.
Have you ever played the old Atari game called Frogger? Well, that is how pedestrians and traffic are here in Cairo. There will be 4-8 lanes of traffic, and you will just see pedestrians crossing wherever, and traffic going around them as if there is a pothole in the road. I kid you not. Exactly the same except in real life.
Safety??? I saw a family of 4 on a moped.
The 3 year old kid or so was sitting on the front handle bars, the father driving, the mother side saddle on back holding the less than 1 year old child. Driving through the traffic just described above.
I saw 2 of the great pyramids of Giza last night. They are within a stones through of the hotel I am at and you can see them from the pool, hanging out in the sun.
Today is the day that starts my big trip of Egypt. I will probably be sending short emails here and there about some of the highlights of the trip while I am still on it. Like that of the driving above. It just amazes me I did not see any accidents in the hour drive from the airport.