Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Bugs In Cairo


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.

6 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

It must be like an oasis to you who live there to have shade. I would seek that out too.

I didn't do much today but...

I did write about how people used to wear long underwear over winter or until we began to stink. You can find the link at the bottom of the post today.

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Cairogal said...

Vagabond blogger posts regularly about all the VW bugs seen in Cairo.

Olive said...

I love bugs! They're still rather expensive here in Canada as well. I wanted to buy one for my mom (as she LOVES the old models) but it was around 7,000$..,
They're for sure an experience to drive though!

Moi said...

they are the cutest..greetings from florida...:)

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

That's a whole new concept in working out!:-)

jlevel said...

i had so many bug, and vans that my wife divorced me, she said " you bring home just one more... well, dave and i were driving the 101 in california, del norte, when i find a 1954 van, sittin' in a feild, lonely and homeless... we tried to drag it into the yard silently, but, there she was in the window ..watchin... i love bugs. am now in spain where there are very few, and probably for the best. those where the days though..... saludos desde EspaƱa.... (jlevel77.blogspot.com)