Ok, ok, I know it's been a couple weeks since the last "tip of the week," but hey, I've been so busy trying to keep up with everything offline, that keeping up online becomes very difficult! Nevertheless, I have a couple tips stored up ;)
This weeks tip will benefit anyone who has ever braved the streets in Egypt, particularly those who are brave (or stupid?) enough to drive the highways at night. Highways is perhaps not the correct term, lets say tarmacked stretches of road without lighting spanning the country. Lanes are non-existent; in fact often times these "highways" are no more than a two way street that will test your daring and driving skills.
Anyhow, if you have ever driven these roads at night, surely you have noticed the infuriating cars that come barelling down upon you, headlights blaring, flashing at you reprimanding your mediocre speeds of 100 km an hour. Worse is when these cars remain directly behind you, and miss (or simply ignore) the common driver courtesy of actually turning off their headlights.
Not to worry, I'm here to tell you the simple and effective means of communicating to the drivers to kindly TURN OFF YOUR DAMN HEADLIGHTS. lol.
It takes no more than a quick flash of your indicators. Once right, then left, then right, then left. Voila, Egyptian auto-speak for shut off your lights momkin!
So for us expats that thought such driving manners would be taught in driving school, oh...wait never mind. Most drivers here miss this elementary part of driving 101. Fortunately, now you know :)