Tag Archives: Cairo

riverfronts, the good, the bad and the ugly

Rivers are redeeming features for any city. I’ve lived in quite a few that are mostly or partly defined by their rivers and haven’t come across any for which their riverfront was a total negative. However, what cities do with … Continue reading

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street art with a great story

As long back as I can remember, reading about art has been a slightly upsetting experience, one that I therefore not seek out much. Especially explanations of visual art. Their usually arcane character leave me with a sense of inadequacy and … Continue reading

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again Cairo chairs

Some time ago I posted some pics by a Dutch photographer fascinated by the chairs on Cairo streets. Turns out he is not the only one: We are David Puig and Manar Moursi, authors of Sidewalk Salon: 1001 Street Chairs … Continue reading

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Egyptian follies

Egyptian rulers and planners have been pursuing the fantasy of desert cities for a long time. The efforts till date have all gone to waste. Developers have become rich, the army profits because it holds the land and also owns … Continue reading

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city air

When I look out of my window, this time of year, it’s way too often a grey haze. So Jia Zhangke‘s short video hits home.

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mellow Shanghai, so different from Cairo?

My first impressions of Shanghai focused on the build environment. I didn’t mention another distinct impression, equally based on where I come from, but more immediate. Even walking the incredibly busy Pearl Tower area of Lujiazui, and the central shopping … Continue reading

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jetting around my expat universe

Last day in Cairo. First day of Ramadan, the city is weirdly quiet. Temps go up to 41 degrees today. But my sentiments are not dominated by my place of residence of the last year and a half as much … Continue reading

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Nijmegen and Cairo: happy running

I’ve written a lot about running lately. So my mind has been on it even more than normal. It’s always funny to notice how a focus of attention seems to correlate with coming across unexpected ‘relevant’ information. Go on holiday … Continue reading

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moving to Shanghai

It’s still half a year into the future but the move is now confirmed. My blog started off – very first post – with announcing a future move to Egypt. I actually moved to Cairo, and that’s what I should … Continue reading

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Cairo, a wet city in flux

Egypt’s first dose of cold weather makes for an unusual sight: Stepping out of my gate, the street in all directions is flooded, and what is on my doorstep is not even the worst as a short outing into Mohandeseen … Continue reading

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defeated by Cairo, saved by the Gezira club

Before moving to Cairo I was cocky: Cairo and Egypt are virgin territory on the cyberspace running map but whatever the reason it wouldn’t stop me. Then I moved to Cairo and reality hit. But I discovered Wadi Degla and … Continue reading

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watching Cairo

Let me limit myself to my immediate environment, rather than Egypt. I’ve been very quiet for many weeks now. Left the country a week before the 30 June anti-Morsi protests, and only returned to Cairo the day two squares were … Continue reading

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clubbing along Egypt’s class lines

My kind of clubbing in Cairo is sportive. Difficult to do anything sportive without entering a club here. What I do to get some running in is go to the Gezirah sporting club, which is the largest bit of open … Continue reading

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harassing females on Caireen streets

walking Cairo streets with two young friends of my daughter recently was a mixed pleasure. Not too difficult to ignore the ridiculous behavior of mostly young males from anywhere between 12 and 35. But very tiring to suppress the waves … Continue reading

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Bangkok through the lens of Cairo

When one visits a new environment first impressions are important to document. It is even more important to analyze what they tell you something about. Sure, they offer an interesting perspective, not yet desensitized by habituation,  on the new environment. … Continue reading

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musing about property is theft

A very pompous title for showcasing a great piece of art which is the true subject of this post (yes, eat yourself through the intellectual crap and you’ll be rewarded with beauty). I’m no anarchist, because like all -isms it … Continue reading

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promoting Cairo streets on foot

Walking Cairo streets is enjoyable, despite the terrible press the city gets. I knew there were bound to be locals who know that and live it and even promote it. A little while ago I came across Cairobserver, a great … Continue reading

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one last time about Cairo’s traffic and air

the related themes of traffic and air quality have intruded my posts about Cairo, cannot really say “inadvertently” because however much they are cliches giving away my recent arrival, ignoring them would be dishonest. So at the risk of boring … Continue reading

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running in Cairo

One of my first post was about what one can find about (trail) running in Egypt when searching cyberspace. It wasn’t much. Now I’ve landed and can report from the ground. Obviously there is the hash house harriers, their website … Continue reading

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wondering about Cairo, episode two

I’ve read my first serious book about the city, David Sim’s Understanding Cairo, the logic of a city out of control. I suspect it’s about as good as it gets as a first introduction. It describes the development of the … Continue reading

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wondering about Cairo, episode one

There is plenty of things that I find remarkable about Cairo, which I might not find remarkable anymore in a while so let’s start documenting them. Episodes are going to be like my preferred dishes, stews of diverse ingredients that … Continue reading

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big city

Cairo from the viewing platform of Cairo Tower in South Zamalek.

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this is where I’ll get closest to my roots in Cairo

I like to believe that running is good for me. Well, not only running, just moving, one foot in front of the other. It feels good, not much more to it I think. Causality probably goes both ways, as it … Continue reading

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first impressions of Cairo: the Himalayan proportions of it all….

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.

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arriving in Cairo on the Nile

Thursday night I landed on Cairo international airport. Expectations always reveal themselves in experience: I was amazed by this facility, huge, modern, no hint of developing country in its finishing. Marjan had described Cairo to me as like Delhi-but-different. Delhi … Continue reading

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