90 miles an hour through the streets of Cairo
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Four lanes of road means eight lanes of traffic, and right of way is given to the car with the loudest horn or the brightest headlights. Cars, and especially taxis, will wriggle themselves into the narrowest of spaces in between cars, many of them folding in their wing mirrors to make the car narrower.
Road rules are mainly heard of in jokes and a car without dents or scratches is such a rare sight people call it a myth.
So imagine speeding through that traffic in a nitrous powered highly tuned Subaru Impreza.
After spending little time bumper to bumper in a traffic jam my colleague decided it was time to show me what his vehicle could do, by stepping on the gas and speeding up to 150 kilometres in rush hour traffic! We were overtaking cars left right and centre, but it was pretty clear to me the guy knew what he was doing. He certainly can drive. And the car, wosh, it's definitely a fine car. However, would other people in the streets know this? What about that guy crossing the road? Or that one with the bicycle? We missed them by just a couple of inches.
It was a scary but in a guilty sort of way very exciting at the same time. I bet not many tourists have had this experience in Cairo. :-)