In his Cairo Scene debut, Adham Abdelsalam pits Egyptian traffic as fool proof, robber proof, hacker proof, and even therapeutic at times!
Along with the likes of Jakarta, Mexico City, and Bangkok, Cairo is somewhat notorious for its big, stinky traffic jams. In fact, our city is now becoming so crowded that we are planning to build a new one. But whereas many of the world's most congested cities retain some semblance of order, in Cairo, anything goes. And while this is enough to scare the living daylights out of tourists, to the average Cairene, the city's traffic can actually provide vital life training. Here are seven reasons why Cairo's traffic may actually be a blessing in disguise:
No computer hacker will ever be able to hack the Egyptian traffic light grid to facilitate a crime or a getaway because:
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The gridlock will make any potential bank robber who wishes to use a getaway vehicle think twice, because by the time they have finished looting, they will in all likelihood find their car trapped behind two others who are double- and triple-parked.
The sporadic nature of driving in Egypt helps keep you alert. You never know what may happen, which keeps you focused, and you'll never be bored out of your mind driving in a straight line.
The Perfect Excuse
Having remained stationary for at least half an hour of your journey, you will have a totally legit, relatable, and justifiable excuse for being late to anything.
Welcome to the Dark Side
Driving in Cairo teaches you jedi-like agility and reflexes. Think 18-wheelers backing up on the exit ramp of da2ery, pot holes (or, more likely in our case, massive-ass gaping holes in the middle of the highway), delivery bikes whizzing by everywhere, old men driving on the left side of the road, cars honking behind you, and screaming kids in the back seat. Through it all, you need to keep your shit together and maneuver your car in a snake like fashion between all the surrounding obstacles.
Cairo's traffic pays homage to the rebels, the free thinkers, and the revolutionaries. It doesn’t expect you to drive like a mindless drone, keeping to the designated lanes and parking spaces. Here, you have a choice: you can drive in the lane, between lanes, on the line, or hell, even on the side walk if you're up for it!
Your journeys in Cairo help you through the three psychological stages of acceptance: