Downtown Cairo. If you’ve watched a news station in the past year, than you’re familiar with what constitutes as Cairo’s center or downtown area: Tahrir Square was long considered Cairo’s focal point before the 25 January Revolution ever occured, perhaps because it held several government buildings including the shunned National Democratic Party’s (NDP) headquarters as … More Downtown and Down-trodden
“To celebrate or to protest” seemed to be the question on people’s minds as they gather today, January 25th, in Tahrir Square to mark the 1-year anniversary of the Egyptian revolution and overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. While some people find cause for celebration, others find reasons to be angry, as they accuse the military of … More Tahrir Square January 25 2012: A Year After
A few days ago, I was in our flat (big surprise; I never get out much in Egypt) when I saw billowing white smoke wafting through the air through the balcony doors. I went onto the balcony (I just love having one,; you get to spy on people without them knowing it) and saw that, … More Rubbish, It’s just Rubbish!
Food in Egypt is intriguing. Although I have food phobias, I also have a strange obsession with reading about food, or looking at food: as a child, while reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books, my favorite parts were reading about the food they ate and how they made it (people don’t make their … More Supermarket Treats in Egypt
I have decided to keep a sort of diary about my life in Cairo, where I will be spending the next month. For the sake of letting my subscribers know that I have posted something new, I will add these diary postings to my normal post list, but you can also find them in the … More Celebrating my Birthday in Egypt
The “American Idol” brand has spawned countless spin-offs in the USA as well as abroad. The Arab world too has embraced the singing-contest format, both with “Star Academy” (which also exists in France) as well as a full-on copycat of it’s American predecessor, entitled—you guessed it—Arab Idol. Arab Idol even visually resembles it’s American counterpart. … More It’s Arab Idol!
Forget video killing the radio star: MTV has since killed the video star, what with the fact that it no longer plays anything remotely resembling, well, music! Music videos are still being made—and at high quality, if you take a gander at Lady Gaga’s over-the-top glamorous vids—but where are people watching them? Online? Singers may … More Arabian Music Through Music Videos, Pt. 1
When discussing picky eaters, there’s no person on Earth (I exaggerate not) who is more picky than I am. Like the five-year-old who won’t eat his vegetables, I turn my nose up at practically every food that exists. My main hatred concerns fruits and vegetables; if it’s green and healthy, I won’t go near it … More Hawawshy, the Egyptian Food that I Love
There are more inspirational dancing films in Hollywood than you can shake a stick at. For one reason or another, the idea of a film where people use dancing to get through tough times is just one cliché that directors love to use over and over again. Don’t get me wrong—I love to dance, … More Ma tigi Nor’os–An Egyptian-Style Dance Film
What do we do when we meet someone new? Depending on our culture, the norm may be to shake hands or give a small wave; it may be to give a sort of “fist pump;” we might give one or two kisses on the cheek, or a small hug, … More Jealousy and Respect in a Cairo Cafe