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Despite bans on the importation and use of tuk-tuks in Egypt (Cairo?), the little buggers persist and are being driven in streets where they were (are?) forbidden, i.e. right in front of our apartment building.

I don't have anything against them per se, except their drivers are typically Egyptian, thinking they own the world roads; and whether because it is some unspoken law or because the drivers tend to be young boys/teens, the tuk-tuks are equipped with monster speakers of dubious quality that blare out obnoxious music or "other" sounds.

Your glimpse today comes to you courtesy of a tuk-tuk with a noise of the obnoxious "other" category.

tuk-tuk

As this guy was driving along, his speakers kept playing, at full-blast no less, a service message the likes of which you hear  at an airport.  Given the aforementioned dubious quality, despite the volume, I was unable to make out the words, but this should give you an idea of the sound and rhythm:  "Bing bing bing, flight 432 now boarding at gate 12; bing bing bing."

And of course, he "drove along" s.e.v.e.r.a.l. times and stopped to chat with the bawab of the facing building.

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* Without googling, who knows what song this comes from? :P It's been playing on repeat in my mind ever since Sprout watched Aladdin the other day.

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asakiyume
Oct. 2nd, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Is a bawab like a concierge?
mnfaure
Oct. 3rd, 2014 07:23 am (UTC)
*nods* It's Arabic for doorkeeper. This is a little article that pretty much sums up their lives: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/local-bawab-beyond-surface
asakiyume
Oct. 4th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
I loved that article--really informative. Just one follow-up question: what's koshary?

Edited at 2014-10-04 01:39 am (UTC)
mnfaure
Oct. 4th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
Koshary is something that seems like it should be really blah or at least too much but is, in fact, super yummy:

It is a big bowl of rice, two to three types of pasta, lentils, and chickpeas with a tomato sauce spooned over it all and topped with fried onions.
asakiyume
Oct. 7th, 2014 12:59 pm (UTC)
Actually, that does sound *delicious*

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