Page manager Published: Sun 13 Aug 2017.

From the land of Pharaohs to the sustainable Sweden: Beyond the roads

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!

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.​  

So...

  • Do you think that Swedes depend only on cars for their moves? 

  • What is the green bus? Is it only a green coloured bus? 

  • Do you think that Egyptians still riding camels? 

  • What is Tok Tok? 

  • Are 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 M. Hanafy

Edited by: Angsusorn Apirajkamol​

Page manager Published: Sun 13 Aug 2017.