First impressions are important to document. They tell something about the perceiver, they tell something about the perceived, and they are short lasting. If they are not documented they disappear into automatic pilot normality.
It’s the scale of everything urban that distinguishes Cairo from what I have seen of cities until now.
Yesterday evening walked with Marjan from home in Mohandeseen to the Khan El Khalili area, took two hours and the walk had a couple of distinct half hour sections: one underneath the elevated highway after Zamalek is a second hand clothes sellers only market…half an hour! Then a stretch of Paris like buildings, every ground floor a shop, and then another half hour of traffic free bazaar streets to the Khan El Khalili market proper and its spectacular Islamic Cairo surroundings. The mass of people, goods, traffic and sounds was psychedelic.
Today accompanied Marjan to her school in Sheikh Zayed, one of the new developments, West of Cairo, and from there to the main campus in Festival city in New Cairo, East of Cairo. An hour on the highway most of the time passing new developments. This metropolitan area of close to 20 million people is something to behold.