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Long live the Car

Sun, 20 May 2007

Well if the Chinese are wedded to their phones, then the Americans are wedded to their cars. I had forgotten just how much space there is in American cities, and Columbia is no different. They even have countdown timers on the pedestrian crossings because it takes so long to cross! Anyway, there are no shops downtown and, even if there were, they don't open on a Sunday. Even walking around downtown itself is a challenge because things are so far apart. Really you do need a car to do anything meaningful. And everywhere you go you see constant reminders; drive-thru ATM, drive-thru pharmacy, drive-thru fast food. Should have brought my folding bike with me.....

(Footnote: I wonder what people think the Brits are wedded to....)

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