Impressions ..people, animals, the sounds, the traffic…intoxicating….
all those things you’d expect “Egypt, Cairo” to be just from their sounds-
Visiting Cairo the way we did meant we ourselves had to make sense out of what we experienced on the streets.
though seasoned travelers-my son’s been to 27 different countries, me 9 – we hardly took a photo the first few days-
as image-driven as the streets are……
Woman in the street market not far from the historical Coptic area a few miles from downtown.
dead dog in a carved out hole next to the sidewalk
outside Sadat metro Station-downtown
Yes “as image-driven,” or worthy as the streets of Cairo are…..for the first day we played it stealth-as stealth as two Americans can be. We didn’t use our cameras. Didn’t use the phone to capture anything either. We just wanted to get the feeling for Cairo first see what the streets felt like.
And they ended up feeling good. We had young people ask to take selfies with us on Talaat Harb, in the Coptic area, some far from where tourists go area we walked through
a young man handed me a yellow flower
another near our sheesha place gave us a friendly greeting as he passed us on the sidewak
- These rough sketches started on the first day during our fast from cameras and continued throughout our visit. incidents and images from the day. It’s funny there’s no way to really prepare for the experience here. Before our trip I thought-Okay..Mexico City on steroids….but no….Cairo has it’s own speed and substances to fuel it. I also thought I’d play the artiste on this trip-have my sketch book, pens….find a spot to sit and record some impressions….Maybe it happens in Heliopolis but not in downtown Cairo…things are moving too fast and if you’re on the streets you’ve got to be prepared for the 180 degree spin things can take from moment to moment…. be… present....didn’t find that place to sit and sketch…so it was a nightly recall back in our room at the Hilton Ramses-not hard considering how vivid things are here