It’s been a while

It has been a long time. I was busy during the past few weeks, and it was almost crazy especially the last few days,,,  ma3aleina, now I’m back….. Hurray.

Oh I missed blogging, I missed talking to my friends, I missed watching out for Cairo’s events and choosing what I will go and what I will skip. I really wanted to see Fire Of Anatolia’s performance on Sunday and Monday, and last night’s Shakira’s concert (I had the right to have an invitation but circumstances prevented me from getting it and from actually going there !!), I missed grabing my camera and wondering in the streets of Cairo, or taking a novel and sitting in a quiet place with a cup of Latte… BTW I’m so happy that Beano’s opened a branch right next to my home ! 🙂 Many times I would go there, have a take away cup of Roman Cappucino,, I even went with my father one friday morning! My father is not a fan of Cilantro, he doesn’t like anything but Grecco, so it was a nice surprise for me that he’d like Beano’s cafe.

Anyway, I received this exhibition invitation and I think the photos are really good. Enjoy!

Photo exhibition El Seid club

Last week or something, OTV aired a documentary “A Place called Home مكان اسمه الوطن” , it was brilliant. It talked about our perception of home. First he started asking people in the streets and through emails, then he decided to follow up the lives of 4 Egyptians living in Cairo but from different background:

1) a man who lives in Faisal street and is preparing his house in order to get married, so he calculates very well his expenses and goes around with his fiance to find the best prices of the equipments and all their stuff

2) a guy who wanted to follow an artistic career, he has a great voice and almost made it through Star Maker, but he couldn’t win, he went to Canada, then his father obliged him to return to Egypt to join his business, but at the end he can’t wait to travel once again as he doesn’t find ‘himself’ here

3) a girl who travelled all over the world, only to find out that the place she wants to spend time in is her homeland, so she returns. She had an issue for marrying the man she loves because he was not muslim, but he converted and they are happily married

4) a girl who works as a translator, she loves her job but at the same time she really wants to experience what it feels to be on her own abroad, and she is having all these debats with her family in order to accept her decision.

It was brilliant. The stories were amazing, I felt very close to the personalities, I can almost feel like having them as my friends or cousins. The director was very skillful in presenting the materials, with fast movements, different types of dialogues, interviews, narration. (it was also funny that I have previously met or contacted the 2 girls in different activities 🙂 ). Very recommended.

Photos of Egypt

My friends sent me two links, I found them AMAZING: Egypt d’ Antan and  The library of unversity of Chicage, ENJOY!

https://i2.wp.com/www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/su/mideast/photo/226-86.jpeg (Shoubra Palace 1870, this is where they had the opening ceremony of the film festival)

https://i0.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/le_caire/iles_rivegauche_rivedroite/roda/images/pont_abbas.JPG (Kobri Abbas in 1913)

https://i0.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/le_caire/iles_rivegauche_rivedroite/roda/images/vendeurs.JPG(in 1905 the menestrli palace and the nilometer from the view point of somewhere close to the current Nile Peking)

https://i1.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/personnalites/images/charlesbeahler.JPG(Charles Baehler 1913)

https://i1.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/personnalites/images/hodacharaoui.jpg (from left to right: Nabaoueya Moussa (1886-1951), Céza Nabaraoui (1897-1985) et Hoda Charaoui (1879-1947), in a feminist conference in Geneve 1920)

https://i1.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/zagazig/images/cafehoteldelastation.jpg (hotel and coffee shop in Zagazig in 1906)

https://i1.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/le_caire/iles_rivegauche_rivedroite/guizeh/images/pont_embabeh.JPG (Imbaba bridge in 1914, now in the area right after Nile City towers)

https://i0.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/le_caire/villages_et_agglomerations/faggalla_et_daher/images/collegestefamille1.JPG (Collège de la Sainte-Famille des Pères Jésuites à Faggalla. L’intérieur de la chapelle, vers 1912)

https://i1.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/le_caire/villages_et_agglomerations/faggalla_et_daher/images/palaissakakini2.JPG (Le Palais de Habib Sakakini Pacha, à Daher, en 1924)

https://i2.wp.com/www.egyptedantan.com/port_said/images/accueil.JPG (Port Said 1898)

The Tangerine Incident

Yesterday while driving home, and in the middle of Cairo’s traffic jam, I saw my mother’s car right beside mine. It was a very nice coincidence :-). El mohem,,, as the red light seemed to be lastnig forever, she picked a tangerine and threw it to me through the window!!! Tab3an the passengers in the nearby cars were amazed ! They thought she was distributing tangerines to the passing cars or something !! One of them actually asked to have one too 🙂 

This tiny little incident really changed my mood for the big drive home 🙂

BTW why do we call it “yostafandi” or “youssfi” ?? When I was young I was told that someone called “Youssef Effendi” was the first one to bring it to Egypt, but is it true??

Books on my wish list: The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

https://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/8/8a/Famousphotoche.jpgHow is it possible to feel nostalgia for a world I never knew?

“What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land” ~ Ernesto ‘Ché’ Guevara

https://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Che_Guevara-Granado_-_Mapa_1er_viaje_-_1952.jpg The Motorcycle Diaries (Spanish: Diarios de motocicleta) is an autobiographical book by Che Guevara about his travels through South America with his friend Alberto Granado on a 1939 Norton 500 motorcycle. Born into an upper middle class family, this was Guevara’s first expedition around Latin America. In the book, he details the role and life of the indigenous peasantry throughout Latin America, including mine workers and persecuted communists fleeing their homes. The book ends with a declaration by Che of his willingness to fight and die for the cause of the proletariat in Latin America. Many people talk about the Che, some regard him as a hero, others as a bloody revolutionary, either ways, it’s a shame that I know about him from what people are saying (or from his famous picture), I HAVE to read the book…

Seguiremos adelante
como junto a ti seguimos
y con Fidel te decimos:
!Hasta siempre, Comandante!

 

Why??

Maybe because of the moon phase or the season. Maybe because of unrealistic expectations. Maybe because of some unfulfilled dreams. Maybe because of a disorientation (hopefully temporary). Maybe because of a wider distance growing between with me and some friends. Maybe because of all these things altogether.