The last article I introduced you some special dishes
in Sweden and Egypt, hopefully you had tasty meals last week. This week, I will show you how to get from one place to another in Sweden.
Do you think that Swedes depend only
on cars for their moves?
What is the green bus? Is it only a green coloured
Do you think that Egyptians still riding camels?
What is Tok Tok?
there any ghosts on the asphalt in Egypt? Well yeah there are. but it is not a scary story, or may be it is!
Through this article, I am gonna shed a
light on transportation in both countries and how it is different to go from
home to work and vice versa in Egypt and Sweden. Before continuing, please do
not forget to fasten your seat belts!
Ghosts on the road
Although buses play a vital role as one of
main transports since they are cheap and available, there is another transport that is also available which is faster and more expensive. It is called
"Micro-bus". Micro-buses drivers have a nickname, "ghost of the
asphalt". They drive very fast and crazy as much as they can. If there is a u-turn
on the right, you can expect a naughty micro-bus coming from the very far left, from the
fourth lane to take their u-turn. If you complain, you always get a
"I am a ghost, man!" look! If Egyptians speak Arabic, Egyptians who
drive speak "Honking language", there is a honk with a specific
rhythm for almost everything. A honk for "Thank you", "Excuse
me", "Take care". Even bad words have theirs specific honks!
Another type of transportation is called "Tok Tok". It is a tiny vehicle which
is used in very narrow roads where it is impossible for big ones to enter. Last but not least, another magical solution for traffic jam problems
in Egypt is Metro. Although stations are overcrowded, you can reach your destination easily, fast and in time.
Pilots of the road
As a point of fact, Sweden is a very
organized country. The same thing is applied with the transportation. In Göteborg, the city
where Chalmers is located, two main choices to travel around the city are buses and trams.
In each stop, a screen shows the time of next bus or tram, which is always
accurate. The drivers are all wear a specific neat uniform. Are you a pilot?
Speaking of moving from a place to another,
bicycle holds a very important role for Swedes. They use it to go to their
work and back home. Everybody uses bicycles. You may find a bit old person
riding to your university and figure out that s/he is your teacher! Yes, life is
as simple as that!
Another inspiring thing about Sweden transportation
is the "Green bus". It is an electrical bus that keeps the city clean. Green buse is an important step on the sustainable road that Sweden
extremely cares for. No wonder why the "Sustainable" description for
Sweden is chosen in the name of this blog!
Next stop will be about differences in
education systems between two countries, until we meet again have a safe travel!
Written by: Mahmoud
Edited by: Angsusorn Apirajkamol