Asking for Directions
As far as I can tell, very few people use maps in Egypt. Point to the Ace Club in Maâ€™adi on a map, and youâ€™ll get a blank stare from your cab driver. Asking for directions however, is a way of life. A driver going to an unfamiliar address will pull over as many as a dozen times to ask where such and such a street is. Unimaginable in the States, where self-sufficiency is a badge of honor. You get a sense in Cairo that thereâ€™s a communal interest in getting people where they want to go. Locals tell me all the asking is partly insurance. Youâ€™re bound to get at least a few wrong answers, so the more people you ask, the likelier you are to find the place.
-- Amy Scott