copy Excellent Adventures in Egypt

Enter here to share Joni's adventures living and working in Cairo courtesy of the U.S. Fulbright cultural exchange program. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and test of our civilization. - Mahatma Ghandi

10/07/2004

After being appropriately baked at Qait Bey, we took the tram to downtown Alex to engage in every Egyptian's favorite pastime: shopping. The tram was terrific, ambling at a stately pace, providing lots of time to soak in the atmosphere of the surrounding streets. We window shopped in ladies apparel stores and the ubiquitous shoe shops. (Egyptian women adore shoes.) I bought a pair of bright blue sheb-sheb (remember the plastic sandals that the bawaab lent me?) for my very own. It was Friday prayer time, so some shops were closed and several of the streets outside mosques and prayer rooms were overflowing with men listening to the weekly sermon. Women are spared the duty of attending mosque on Friday, although they can choose to attend if they wish. As in Malaysia, most women prefer to shop or catch up on household chores instead. Posted by Hello

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