The huge ficus trees that line the Nile corniche in Cairo provide welcome shade in the summer to pedestrians, horse carriages and parked cars. There is nothing quite like coming back to your car to open the door and have the furnaces of hell blast out at you. It's common to have a car thermometer register 50 C after being parked in the sun. On the other hand, having so little rain and no snow means that cars don't rust here, so you see plenty of the older models on the roads. The old VW bugs are more common than the newer model that came out some years ago. As long as your idea of air conditioning is an open window, they are terrific cars and quite inexpensive. My son bought one for his girlfriend for about USD 5 thousand, and then they left it here for our driver to be able to get to work with me at the farm when they went back to the US for grad school. Sometimes we switch cars if he needs to do something that involves more space than the VW can provide and I get a great upper body workout driving the bug that has no power steering.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Posted by Maryanne Stroud Gabbani at 6:20 AM