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Traffic and the Americano

Some words from traveler

The Glib Gringo

Of course, the first thing that has to be mentioned about the developing world is the traffic.  Most of the developing world has been set up as an elaborate death trap; non-potable water pouring from the taps, parasite-riddled foods, sidewalks with potholes and random concrete protrusions, stairwells without rails, disease-carrying insects, ceilings so low that they present imminent danger to the crown of my head (which tops out at 5’7″ on a good day).  Chief amongst the dangers of the developing world, however, is anything related to vehicular transport.  Taxis, buses, private vehicles, bicylcles, and motorcycles are all deserving of their own articles.  Today I’ll tell you what it’s like to be a pedestrian in the developing world.

Picture yourself at an intersection in the USA.  Now take away rhyme, reason, rules, and any sort of regulation.  You have now arrived at a Latin American intersection.  The first thing you…

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