- Posted May 4, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Trip abroad that inspired you
Cairo: weeks before the revolution
My sister and I had the pleasure of visiting Cairo during Christmas holidays back in December, 2010. According to my Egyptian friends, we were the lucky ones to have visited Egypt and seen it in all its glory before all hell broke loose during the revolution that started in January, 2011.
Sightseeing in and around Cairo was an eye-opening experience, you cannot help to be in awe of its 6000 years of history. Its culture and tradition were reflected through the spectacular monuments scattered across the country as well as its people. The diverse interpretations of the same hieroglyphic symbol in different contexts, the hidden stories behind every strategically placed statue, the overcrowding of thousand-year-old sarcophagi inside (and outside) of the Egyptian Museum…I was very pleasantly overwhelmed, to say the least.
I remember very vividly the pride and the sparkle in the eyes of Egyptian people when they spoke about their culture and the past, yet unsatisfied with their current living conditions, the slow-moving economy and the government. After a couple car rides along the streets of different parts of Cairo, I started to get the picture of Egypt as a country in great contrasts: past and present, traditions and modernity , and the rich and poor. In retrospect, the uproar against the government was imminent, and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to witness the calm before the storm.