6 Challenges You Face When You Ride Egypt’s Microbuses

5 months ago By Ahmed El Ramady


1. Deciding where to sit

Picking a random seat in a microbus isn’t always going to be a wise decision. The seat you pick will determine one of two things: either you sit comfortably throughout your trip or suffer the hassle of getting up at regular intervals to make way for others who’ve reached their stop.


2. Being good at math

If there’s one thing you should keep in mind before taking the microbus, it’s avoiding the seat behind the driver. If you don’t however, you’ll need to take a page out of Big Shaq‘s book and excel at quick maths because you’ll become the driver’s financial assistant. Your job is to collect fees from other passengers, sort out what change they need back, add together the net amount of the whole trip and deliver it to the driver.


3. Securing your privacy

Browsing through social media via your phone on a lengthy trip will most likely be a regretful decision, especially if you’re a girl. People’s curiosity tends to focus your way as they strain to look at your phone while you’re scrolling. This opens room for passengers beside you to initiate conversation or learn more information about you that you’d want them to.


4. Coping with music you may not like

It’s not up to you or the other passengers to decide what song is played. The driver will play his playlist at the loudest of volumes and if any of the passengers have a problem with it, the driver might interpret it as a sign of disrespect.


5. Enduring headaches from other people’s loud phone calls

People usually complain about kids crying and parents not making enough effort to keep them quiet, but this is all tolerable compared to others having long and loud phone calls throughout your trip. It’s not just the volume that’s disturbing; it’s how openly they speak about their private issues with their friends or family on the phone in the microbus. Seriously, no one’s interested in hearing these people’s personal agendas against 7ammo or anyone else.


6. Having above average communication skills

This sort of skillset is needed when you tell the driver it’s your stop because it’s not as easy as it may seem. You only get one chance at doing this and if you fail, you’ll miss your stop by a kilometer or two. Make sure you say “3ala ganb yasta” in a loud, clear and firm voice.

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