Karachi at Street Level

Went on my first ride with Critical Mass Karachi. We started at 6:45 in the morning. Despite the early hour it was surprisingly bright and hot!Our bike route took us from ‘the McDonalds on the way to Ayesha’s house’ to ‘The Point’ past ‘PTCL office’ and ‘Mohotta Palace’, ‘SeaView’ and ‘Bilawal House’. (I am becoming a Karachitte because I no longer remember street names.)The ride was great – a chance for me to see the city on the street level and out of my protective and isolating steel carriage. (Don’t get me wrong – I L-O-V-E my car.) Karachi on the street is both very dirty and smelly and at times surprisingly pretty.[caption id="attachment_319" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="View of Sea View"][/caption][caption id="attachment_322" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="One of our brand new bus stops. It’s a great improvement for the commuters of the city. Now if only the buses were not controlled by the mafia and we could have decent public transportation."][/caption][caption id="attachment_323" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Shaheed (Martyred) Benazir Bhutto Park "][/caption][caption id="attachment_324" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Apartment complex with ruble outside. Ok, it’s the truth - this apartment block makes it look like Karachi is in the middle of a war. (Which it is… just not on this block.) Can you say bad property management?"][/caption][caption id="attachment_325" align="aligncenter" width="225" caption="Old Tree"][/caption][caption id="attachment_326" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Recycling"][/caption][caption id="attachment_328" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="That's me in the corner."][/caption]