This Traffic Cop is Poetry in Motion

May 28, 2013 at 9:19 am 2 comments

DSC_1605_med_traffic_copThimphu, Bhutan, is said to be the world’s only capital city to not have a traffic light. In fact, I think it’s safe to assume that there are no traffic lights anywhere in Bhutan, because if the capital city (population: about 75,000) doesn’t have one, the smaller cities elsewhere are even less likely to.

One busy intersection in Thimphu does have a kiosk where a police officer directs traffic in a graceful, almost mesmerizing series of gestures—even if we didn’t exactly understand what his gestures meant. Combine the mysterious hand movements with the fact that people drive on the left side of the road in Bhutan and, well, I think I’d be better off letting someone else do the driving.

Penn State traveler Julie Nelson shot the one-minute video clip below during the Alumni Association’s trip to Bhutan. Note that of all his signals, not one of them seems to say “stop” or “wait.” Yet somehow it works.

Tina Hay, editor

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. bobagain  |  May 28, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    I have really enjoyed the posts on Bhutan. Thank you!
    We alum can have great insight into Bhutan and I much appreciate the care in the posts.

  • 2. Anonymous  |  May 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Tina thank you for all your post, I feel that I have truly visited Bhutan vicariously through your posts! Now for this post … that Bhutan policeman is good but this guy from Pittsburgh had him beat …

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