Cairo

Photo copyright: Roger Bultot.

Photo copyright: Roger Bultot.

I am being escorted by a fleet of various vehicles carrying gun toting police and army personal. What the heck, I have always wanted to visit Egypt. A little danger adds to the ambiance. And what atmosphere this country has. Tanks rub shoulders with densely built houses, fat old men ride tiny donkeys. Children guide camels into dark narrow alleyways. The Egyptian museum of gives me antiquities, and the local pyramids fill me with awe. I am dinned like a king, yet around me is poverty. Powerless I leave, traveling through the night. Never to return to this a cradle of antiquity.

Footnotes: Genre Memoirs. The picture reminded me of the time I spent at the Cairo Museum of Antiquities.
I do attempt to read the stories posted on FF. However commenting challenges me, it always has.

mike and bike

mike and bike

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    Is it safe to visit Egypt just now? I can’t keep up with where’s safe and where we are advised to avoid. Another country I would love to visit but may never get the chance.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I visited Egypt in April 2009… today many places carry an element of risk. At times the heat can also be a problem.

  2. lisarey1990

    Great piece.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I find being a tourist strange. I feel there but not involved.

  3. pennygadd51

    I like your juxtaposition of differences – tanks and houses, fat old men and tiny donkeys. I particularly like the way that as a tourist you are a king and yet you are powerless.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Penny. I find being a tourist strange. I feel there but not involved.

  4. AMelodyPearson

    Very neat word picture of the middle east. I’m not sure any place there is safe to visit now.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Yesterday I was out on a remote area of the Pennines, loved it, but the lightening reminded me that I was human.

  5. Alicia Jamtaas

    A little danger adds to the ambiance, Tanks rub shoulders with densely built houses, fat old men ride tiny donkeys
    So many great lines in this piece.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Visiting Egypt helped, thank you Alicia

  6. Courtney Wright

    I had a friend who lived in Cairo for almost 2 years with her hubby who was in the military. She said she stayed scared a lot of the time because of the danger but wouldn’t trade her experiences there for anything! Loved the memoir.. <3

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Courtney, sadly I only had a very brief visit there, if I had lived there I would have been tempted to set up a sanctuary for donkeys!

  7. Sarah Ann

    Such an interesting memoir full of strong juxtapositions.

    1. Michael Humphris

      The region around Cairo was full of history, fascinating to say the least

  8. granonine

    I’ve been fascinated by old Egypt since I was a child in elementary school. Still would love to see the pyramids.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I would also love to see more pyramids and to be able to read those beautiful hieroglyphs

  9. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Wonderful descriptions that made me feel that I was there. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, In some places it is hard not to wax lyrical.

  10. spicedmullings

    Beautifully expressed.
    Was that your real impression and.expression of the place!
    Quite disturbing, the.poverty and.the helplessness!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sadly it was. Although I am sure that had I stayed longer I would have seen a different side to life there.

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