Where there are a lot of people hanging out on the side of the road, people are often passing the time as they see fit. Unless they are waiting in line for something, they have some way of passing the time slowly.
In Myanmar, before the spread of smartphones, many people on the street were reading books, magazines, newspapers, and other printed materials. In Myanmar, there was even a suspicion that the entire population was addicted to reading. Here in Jakarta, I often saw people playing chess when I walked around. I don't think I had more than 5 or 10 minutes to spare to play chess. They must know that they have quite a long time to kill.
Among the various ways to pass the time, the one that is universal in all countries is napping. Many people in all countries take a nap when they have no one to talk to, no phone at hand, and nothing to do but sleep. Even if you can't lie down, people take naps in cramped places that make you wonder why they are there.
When I was walking in Jakarta, I saw a man sleeping in the back of a cart on the side of the road. He looked cramped with his legs bent, but his face was soft. Even in this position, this man seemed to be sleeping peacefully.
December 12, 2020
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF