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Monday, May 30, 2005

Egyptian Streets


First impressions from a student in Egypt:

"Drivers are nuts, and they give a whole new meaning to jaywalking. You have to run because they won't stop for you. They expect you to run. Jaywalking has actual danger associated with it."

9 Comments:

  • At 5/30/2005 12:31:00 PM, Blogger Asmaa said…

    Yeah, it's really scary. They'll run you over if you don't move. That's all there is to it.

    In Egypt, I wasn't allowed to cross the street by myself :)

    You know those signs on the highway that say "arrive alive, don't drink and drive." In Egypt, it should be "arrive alive, don't cross the street - in fact, don't walk on the sidewalk in case a car feels like driving on it."

    Good luck to the student. Try not to die.

     
  • At 5/30/2005 12:54:00 PM, Blogger Hasan the Not-So-Great said…

    like my uncle said, "If you can cross a busy street in Pakistan , you can cross any street in the world."

     
  • At 5/30/2005 10:28:00 PM, Blogger Safiyyah said…

    Asmaa,
    Eating seems to be more of an issue than crossing the street. He's not faring very well with the food - at least when it comes to keeping it down! I don't think he's even managed to make use of the peanut butter you recommended;-)

     
  • At 5/30/2005 11:31:00 PM, Blogger Chimichanga said…

    hey, it's the same story in all of the indian subcontinent, Bangladesh being the worst. hehe

     
  • At 5/31/2005 12:15:00 AM, Blogger Asmaa said…

    Hmm, he probably ate something from a street vender. Or a vegetable, or fruit...or anything, really. Sad reality. It's his Jihad of the moment :)

     
  • At 5/31/2005 01:25:00 AM, Blogger ephphatha said…

    I was in Dubai several years ago, and I had the same impression. The little white lines in the street seemed superfulous. It was just a free for all get there however you can. It was exciting, but scary. I was amazed that I didn't see more accidents.

     
  • At 5/31/2005 07:05:00 AM, Blogger dawud al-gharib said…

    aywa Allah - 'learn to swim'

    i find the idea (from "Official muftis") that 'women during their periods lose control and can't be trusted with a vehicle'... highly amusing. as if the shebab and taxi drivers are fully in control?

    if one holds people responsible for their behaviour while in a vehicle, just as one would hold them responsible if they were riding a camel and caused an accident - as is only reasonable - then why not hold the 'road terrorists' to account?

    as a final note: I don't SUVs are safe 'at any speed', and the obsession with big cars and big spending is driving the consumption of this planet.
    'The West is pregnant with Islam, and the East is pregnant with the West' (Bediuzzaman Said Nursi)

     
  • At 5/31/2005 03:19:00 PM, Blogger Hasan the Not-So-Great said…

    also if you can drive in pakistan, you can drive anywhere in the world (not driving safely, but driving nonetheless ;)
    they say in pakistan everyone drives with one hand on the wheel and the other on the horn.
    i was amazed i only saw 1 accident in my whiole time there.

     
  • At 6/01/2005 01:51:00 AM, Blogger Arshad said…

    Asalaam alaikum,

    My first visit here, do I need a visa? lol. Wow, so Shabir Ali is your father, alhumdullilah. He is an excellent dawah speaker, and I've enjoyed his debates. They were wonderful and very educational. Its been a few years since I have heard anything about him, how is he doing? Please convey my salaams to him.

    I guess Egypt driving is like Pakistani driving. :)

     

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