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November 1, 2007

A Video of Biking in Cairo—ڤيديو ركوب دراجة في القاهرة

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This was a bit of an experiment. I decided to see what would happen if I strapped my little digital camera to the shoulder of my messenger bag. Below is evidence of what happened. The video came out alright, and you can get a sense of what it’s like biking downtown, but it is tilted at a 45º angle to the left. I hope you don’t get a crick in your neck trying to watch this. Luckily, as you will see, it documents only my ride from home (you’ll hear me say good morning to the security guard downstairs) to the AUC campus, which, as it turns out, is only 4 1/2 minutes. Unfortunately, you can also generally only see to my left, which leaves something to be desired. My shirt sleeve also covered up part of the lens in the wind. A much better video is available here.

In any case, take note of the number of police and security officers. They’re everywhere. Also, near the beginning of the video, you’ll see a fully-loaded bike tourist riding the wrong way on the left side of the road. I’m kicking myself for not stopping to say hello. I’ll post something better in the future, when I take up an offer to borrow a helmet cam.

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