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The anonymous impossibility

Every square meter is so densely populated that it's impossible to remain anonymous.

Walking through Cairo I never get the chance to be alone. Whenever I come to a halt I'm caught up in small networks of coffee houses, laundries and shops. Every square meter is so densely populated that it's impossible to remain anonymous.
Western cities like Amsterdam, New York or Berlin are divided into individuals. A Third World city like Cairo works differently. Here it's the groups of families and working relationships that rule the streets, all small villages with the coffee house as the connecting center. Cairo is a friendly city. Wherever I stop I'm welcomed with open arms. Everyone looks at you and feels for you.
Everything always has somebody's name on it. If this city were a sea, then every ripple on its surface, every wave, would be populated by thousands of people who would call it home.



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