Orderly Chaos

May 29, 2016: Orderly

Beep beep! Honk! Honk beep! A slight turn towards the right to fit in the tight path. Accelerating faster into the traffic jam (that way the bystanders will rush out of the way, obviously). An abrupt stop in the middle of the crowded corniche to pick up an extra passenger on the already overcrowded microbus – an extra 25 piasters means one extra falafel for the drivers dinner that night. A taxi cab was heading north on a road for southbound traffic. Twenty million people share roads built for a population of seven million, seventy years ago. The chaos is maddening, yet life moves on. Somehow, the chaos yields an orderly process to an unpredictable day in downtown Cairo.


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