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Traffic in Jakarta

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This is what traffic often looks like in Jakarta. It has been equal parts horror and awe – those are the only feelings I have while sitting in the front seat of a taxi car or van. There are no traffic lights, or at the least none that anyone follows. The streets are narrow. The scooters are omnipresent. The drivers? Omnipatient. They wait, kindly, as someone else takes a corner in front of them. They don’t lose their tempers. They smile, wave, and smile more. They are infinitely more considerate and civilized than any driver I’ve ever encountered in more than twenty years of driving in British Columbia. Totally amazing.

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4 responses

  1. We love your work. You are very creative. We would like to talk to you about a featured artist post in the near future. We are also opening our gallery at the end of the month. Contact us.

    July 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    • Thanks. I’ll be snapping a few photos over the weekend on some shopping trips around Jakarta, so stay tuned for more.

      July 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm

  2. Reminds me a lot of Malaysian traffic (which isn’t really surprising) – particularly the ubiquitous scooters!

    July 21, 2012 at 1:13 am

  3. Alison

    Isn’t that awesome that you can feel so at peace amidst the chaos? I wish our “western” world was more patient and considerate šŸ™‚
    Thanks for chatting this morning…it was soooo great to see you guys and hear your voices!!!! Miss you tons!!!!

    July 21, 2012 at 4:35 am