33. What is this man’s line of work?
Answer to Egypt Quiz #33
The man is a junk peddler or dealer in used items. Junk peddlers regularly traverse the neighborhoods of Cairo buying and selling old stuff and cast-offs with a cry of “Bikya, bikya!” Bikya is short for rubabikya which is an arabicization of the Italian roba vecchia meaning old clothes.
The greens on the cart are not the peddler’s wares, but feed for the donkey.