In Egypt, driving is a contact sport. I spent a few weeks there on vacation and was lucky enough to have been refused a rental car. Consequently, I either walked or hired a local cab driver at ridiculously cheap rates. For the equivalent of $50 I could get a car and driver – for the entire day. Good thing.
Although cities like Cairo have working traffic lights, they’re purely decorative. Same goes for the painted lane lines. They’re not even driving suggestions, they’re just pretty, as if someone decided to beautify the asphalt with a large public-art project. And headlights? They serve no apparent function, even at night. We saw, firsthand, cars driving the wrong direction down busy streets, lights off, in pitch darkness. They say the average life expectancy for a WWII tail gunner was about five missions. It must be about the same for Egyptian taxi drivers. But with more screaming.
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