Monday, January 5, 2009

I See Loads

Palembang is probably the first place that I've lived where I really enjoy the view from the car. There are always interesting things to look at. Even traffic jams can sometimes be fun (except when Aaron decides he's had enough of the car).

Here are a few pictures from my morning. The types of loads the people here try to haul always amazes me and is definitely the thing that catches my eye most frequently.







The last photo is of a truck collecting used cardboard boxes. People here collect everything from used plastic containers, drink bottles, cans, plastic bags, newspaper, bits of metal, whatever. On a side note, apart from the food scraps, everything in our trash seems to be of use to somebody. We frequently wake up in the morning to find that somebody has gone through our trash in the night, picked out what they wanted and left a big mess in front of the front gate. Its a pain but I guess somebody was really desperate and needs to feed their family!

7 comments:

Bilbo said...

Another fascinating look at Palembang! The picture of the load of cardboard boxes reminds me of our local new emphasis on recycling. I now crush all the old cardboard boxes AND have a legitimate use for the tons of junk mail we receive!

Mike said...

I've seen trucks loaded like the cardboard carrying truck. Except they're usually laying on their side after they've tipped over.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

You already know that I always dig your pictures because the content is so fascinating. That last one, WOW!

Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year Amanda!

Latharia said...

Wow. I'd be unwilling to attempt carrying those loads!!!

I came over from ZeroZeroOne's blog ... looking for your 101 list :D

Jean-Luc Picard said...

The guy on the bike would probably be arrested in a lot of countries for excess weight.

Kellan said...

That is amazing - how do the pile that much stuff on those vehicles?!

Happy New Year, Amanda - see you soon - Kellan

Nap Warden said...

Well you don't see that in Chicago!