Tuk-tuk: also known as an auto rickshaw, three-wheeler, Samosa, tempo, trishaw, autorick, bajaj, rick, tricycle, mototaxi, baby taxi or lapa.
Last year, Malawi did not have tuk-tuks. This year, these vibrantly coloured three-wheeled devices can be spotted zipping all around the city. They are small, cheap, and can easily maneuver around traffic, which makes them perfect for getting quickly from town back to the EWB office (where I’ve been living for the past two months).
Last week, me and another EWB-er were in town getting groceries when we started to feel the impending pressure of a rain storm. The air changes really quickly when it’s about to rain – and there was no way we wanted to be stuck in town with groceries in the middle of a rain storm. We spotted a tuk-tuk, paid our driver about $2.50, and headed home! Easy, breezy, beautiful tuk-tuk ride.