>Shortly after arriving in Jordan, I expressed some surprise that there is actually an Arabic word for order or system. I mean, honestly, when going to visit government offices, banks, well any place that deals with the public, there is no order or system. So, perhaps the word is an ideal to which we might aspire. In an irony that surpasses even this, El 3atal and I (in a goofy moment of missing our turn, had the privilege to drive by Jordan’s Traffic Engineering Department. I HAD to take a picture (of course). As you probably can’t tell (lack of zoom feature on my cell phone), the blue sign beside the road with the arrow indicates that this is the Traffic Engineering Department.
As you also might notice, we’re stopped in the middle of one of the worst traffic jams in Jordan :). Based on the design of the road here (2 lanes coming up from a tunnel and two coming down from a circle) merging into 2 lanes total (one of which is blocked by parked cars), I suspect this is always a traffic snag. Traffic Engineering Department indeed!
Happy Traffic Engineering!