Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?George Carlin
Sitting in the lobby of our hotel in Agra I was amused to eavesdrop on a conversation between another tourist seated nearby, an elderly English woman, and her guide. She had just arrived by road from Delhi and was insisting that never again would she travel by road in India; it was just too dangerous. Despite being right at the start of a tour planned around road travel she was imperative that the rest of the tour must be conducted by train or air, and that the guide should arrange this for her. We left the room before hearing the outcome of this conversation, but it left me bemused. For me, road journeys in India were, if unnerving, nevertheless among the great joys of travelling there.
While I would hate to drive in many of the countries we’ve visited, and have been known to grip my seat in the car from time to time, somehow I enjoy the excitement of being on these roads. The constant activity, the often deft weaving of vehicles of all kinds among and around each other. It’s so very different from driving in the UK (thankfully!)
In Delhi I shot some video footage from the back seat as we navigated the city’s traffic:
Elsewhere I have taken photos both from cars and from the roadside. Here for Debbie’s One Word Saturday theme of Busy (rather belatedly) are some of my favourites.
Traffic in Saigon / HCMC, Vietnam
[my feature photo was taken on the same road]
Night traffic on another road in Saigon / HCMC, Vietnam
Traffic by the Central Market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, made visiting the market something of a challenge!
This was where we had to master the South East Asian technique of simply walking out into the traffic at a steady pace and NOT STOPPING, however scary it looks!
The traffic on this road in rural Laos wouldn’t be too bad were it not for the road works!
More road works, this time near Quilotoa in Ecuador
Traffic near Times Square in New York City
Rush hour traffic in Nairobi, Kenya
Now back to that traffic in Delhi that I featured in my video
Delhi again, where motorbikes, tuk-tuks, handcarts, cars all jostle for space on the road!
It’s a bit less manic in Agra, but still busy
Donkeys, motorbikes and tuk-tuks share the City Palace Road in Udaipur
And to finish, a very different sort of traffic jam in rural Rajasthan!