doctorow at July 7th, 2014 18:01 — #1
crenquis at July 7th, 2014 18:07 — #2
Just remember, Americans abroad (especially in Yemen) should keep their eyes to the sky:
lostmarble at July 7th, 2014 19:56 — #3
No kidding. We're probably all on a watchlist for reading this article.
erice at July 7th, 2014 20:57 — #4
Wow, he is a phenomenal writer. His blog has links to many of his other travelogues. Eagerly awaiting part 2 of this one!
noahdjango at July 8th, 2014 00:41 — #5
I had never heard of Sana before or had really any idea what life is like in Yemen, this was very interesting.
That said, I could go on a huge rant about how frustrating it is that nobody* in the US moves through public spaces this way, either on foot or driving.
Watching Fouad teaches me how to move through public spaces. You never stop to let people through; you just adjust your pace and path to squeeze by as necessary. People in tight spaces will flow like a liquid, and it turns out that if everyone presses forward, the system works.
The only way to screw up is by being unpredictable in your movements, or trying to apologize. People who need to get through more urgently will yell or honk as they're coming up behind you. Tomorrow I'll learn that this system applies also to driving
yes. so much this. everyone please do it this way.
*except skaters and maybe half the cyclists out there
themudshark at July 8th, 2014 05:03 — #6
Also, don´t look people directly in the eye, keep your gaze at about shoulder/chest height, not focusing on anything in particular but taking in all of the surrounding area. This gives you awareness to react to unpredictable movements by others and doesn´t catch their attention as much as eye contact, which could possibly lead to further unpredictable movement/stoppage. I move through crowds quickly like this all the time.
marya at July 8th, 2014 11:09 — #7
I thoroughly enjoyed this blog post and will watch carefully for updates.
I am hoping to learn if the Yemeni men have insight into their national misogyny,
devinc at July 8th, 2014 14:22 — #8
It helps that Cegłowski is an extremely talented writer -- this is some of the best travel writing I've ever read.
Pardon the froth here, but I am a serious Cegłowski fanboi. I find most travel writing not very interesting; Maciej is an exception.
It helps that he's hilarious when he wants to be, but humour's a tool he doesn't need to rely on: when he has something serious to say, he's even more breathtaking.
l_mariachi at July 9th, 2014 02:08 — #9
Also if you need to check your phone or have a conversation, step to the side instead of suddenly stopping in the middle of a busy sidewalk. And if you’re having a conversation, don’t stand perpendicular to the flow of traffic, what the hell is wrong with you?
wcitymike at July 10th, 2014 17:56 — #10
One thing Maciej deserves kudos for is Pinboard!
adelwolf at July 11th, 2014 22:11 — #11
Seeing the scant updates in 2014 on his blog, I am wondering how long we'll have to wait to hear about the rest of his time in Sana'a.
It's going to be well worth the wait.
doctorow at July 12th, 2014 18:01 — #12
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