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Egypt is not only the pyramids

by Aya Chebbi - 5 years, 9 months ago

While I was there, I couldn't write a word about Egypt "أم الدنيا", the first Arab country I visit, because it took me so much time to grasp the differences of our countries while we're both in North Africa, having almost the same background, language, religion ... I've always thought that who can drive in Tunisia would drive anywhere on earth due to the traffic and tight roads we suffer from. However, it seems that once you manage to drive in Egypt you deserve the international licenses. Never say that you've been to Egypt without drinking tea "koshari" on a very popular coffee while playing Domino or "Tawla". The pyramids should be an obligatory station, so that whenever you come to Egypt you have to pass by . However, dear tourists, Egypt is more than Khufu and Bal Hamoun . It is a very rich history that only people living in places like kafr El Zayat and Tanta can teach you the true history and the real life. Not to forget to mention Tahrir Square which has become like Bouazizi's cart statute in Sidi Bouzid! Well, to be honest, the square has no real importance or meaning without being full of united people standing up for their rights.However, there are tags everywhere of names and drawn pictures of the martyrs which would make it important and meaningful as long as these tags are on these walls. Three main clues have reminded me of Tunisia while in Egypt. I think I am becoming so sensitive even to the word "Al Nadhda" regardless of the party itself, though the word has a very good meaning "Renaissance". Once I saw the phrase on Morsi's poster : "Al Nahdha...The will of People", my reaction was " OMG Al Nahdha here too!!!!". Besides, A lot of burned buildings while walking in Cairo are similar to what have been burned in Tunisia and so it seems that we have witnessed the same moments of anger to anything related to the old party or regime.Well, something funny has also reminded me of Tunisia was passing by TunisAir office :) One of the unforgettable moments was my last night in Cairo at Khan Khalil, with a little girl asking for money. I loved her scarf and we had a little chat.I would never forget that smile on her innocent face. Sherif told me when asked him about Egypt: "What I like the most about my country is its people, whom I think I need to understand more", and what I like too about Egypt is the people and this is why I need to go back to learn more from them...


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