Cairo - The Beginning.
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
435Trip End Dec 31, 2018
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The mad cacophony that is Cairo traffic surrounds you at every moment you are outside. After a stress free pre organised airport pickup (essential when you have been 25 hours in airports and in the air) we had breakfast then went out walking to orientate ourselves. Our room would not be ready for a couple of hours so we would take in the sights and sounds in the meantime. The least said the better of the 25 hours of airports and in the air. Malaysia Air from Perth to KL, Egypt Air from KL to Cairo, with a tarmac stopover of 1 hour at Mumbai, India to drop off and pick up.
So to our first impressions of Cairo. We were out quite early so caught some poor asleep on the street and workers cleaning up last nights litter. Our hotel seems to be in the middle of an industrial area and we were amazed that just about every third shop sells fire extinguishers and safety gear
Less than half an hour later we had a more disturbing glimpse. Avan was photographing street scenes when a rather agitated elderly Egyptian man came up to us an demanded to know what we were taking pictures of. Avan tried to explain that there were wonderful colours and action that was different to our country and we wanted to remember it, but the man got angry and said "You must only take photos of beautiful things and this is not beautiful". He threatened to tell the Police we were taking pictures of things not allowed
So within the first hour we gained to different insights into Egyptians. Cairo is big and bustling but not as much hassle as cities in India....yet. The young ones are moving towards westernisation but with an interesting compromise in the way they dress. The young women where skin tight tops that fully cover their arms, with hot pink being the favourite colour, then put western clothes over the top. Quite a different look!
Footnote: Historic Cairo is a UNESCO World Heritage site.