Monday, January 31, 2005

Pagoda Egg Rolls and Egyptian driving

I had to seek alternative thrills after the Drama of fighting The Duke of Gloucester, so yesterday I went out driving on my own for the first time in the US, a nail-biting, one minute solo drive from the apartment block to Schnucks, our local supermarket. Happily, the mission was a total success, and I returned home laden with groceries, the car undamaged.

Not very interesting, you may think. And you'd be right. It's not even as exciting as the Breaking News on the Schnucks website today, which notes a problem with one of their supplier's products:

Schwan Announces Recall of Pagoda Egg Roll Containing Foreign Material

People, you may wish to check your freezer.

Returning to my main theme, while my own driving experiences in the US are thankfully interest-free, the same cannot be said about driving in other parts of the world, and today I'll share some US Consular advice on driving in Egypt.

"TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS
: While in a foreign country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ significantly from those in the United States. The information below concerning Egypt is provided for general reference only, and may not be totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.

Driving in Egypt, a country with one of the highest incidences of road fatalities per miles driven in the world, is a challenge. Even seasoned residents of Cairo must use extraordinary care and situational awareness to navigate the hectic streets of the capital. Traffic rules appear to be routinely ignored by impatient drivers. Any visiting Americans thinking about driving in Cairo should carefully consider the options, take the utmost precautions, and drive defensively. Drivers should be prepared for unlit vehicles at night, few if any road markings, vehicles traveling at high rates of speed, vehicles traveling the wrong way on one-way streets, pedestrians constantly dodging in and out of traffic, and a variety of animals. Most traffic lights in Cairo appear not to function, but rather are staffed by policemen who use subtle finger movements to indicate which cars may move. Pedestrians should also exercise extreme caution when traversing roadways, especially in high-volume/high-velocity streets like Cairo's Corniche, which follows the east bank of the Nile River. Motorists in Egypt should be especially cautious during the rare winter rains, which can cause extremely slippery road surfaces or localized flooding."

2 Comments:

Blogger KarbonKountyMoos said...

Is that foreign material people contained in the Pagoda eggrolls?
Like the material girl?
Or foreign people?
Or foreign material?

12:46 AM  
Blogger kingfelix said...

Thank you for rating egg rolls, and thereby contributing to the world's store of knowledge!

http://www.rateitall.com/i-37631-egg-roll.aspx

for the uninitiated

1:24 PM  

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