The word bread in Egypt also means life; both are named Aish. Bread is the staple food of Egyptians. Aish Baladi is most popular. Baladi can be translated as ‘of the people’ or ‘local’. This bread is commonly eaten with every meal.
Why am I so interested in this?
Firstly, I’m here in Egypt to do research on the food security situation of rural households.
Secondly, my apartment happens to be located right in front of one of the subsidised bread distribution places. Every day people line up here 3 to 4 times a day to buy this subsidised bread.
Thirdly, because the men transporting the bread through Cairo traffic from the bakery to these distribution places must be the most courage’s people I have ever seen. They balance a large wooden pallet carrying hundreds of loafs of bread on one hand while cycling through Cairo’s crazy traffic and they put the Dutch (thus me) to shame with their cycling skills and fearlessness. I’ve seen many Dutch people all over the world cycling through traffic in mega cities but I’m still to see my first Dutch cyclist in Cairo.