5 observations from Cairo, Egypt
This week, I managed to get in to explore one of the world's greatest cities. Here is what I found:
- •ChaosI came close to losing my life at least half a dozen times on the road. I'm surprised there hasn't been any Egyptian F1 drivers yet, because everyone generally drives like it's the last day in earth. No one seems to have learned about this concept called 'defensive driving'!
- •HospitalityThe Uber drivers were some of the friendliest I have met. At least 2 of them wanted to show off their musical collection of arabic edm so earnestly. Folks I met on the street were also incredibly warm and friendly, though perhaps cultural differences held a few back (on my part too).
- •TenacityCairo suffers from the lack of a decent citizen oriented city infrastructure, so unfortunately in most parts of the city center, there are no traffic lights, crossings, overhead bridges, public toilets etc. The locals find a way, even if it means bashing and climbing through a fence to cross a 4 lane road.
- •HistoryWhich other city boasts 5000 years of history that still exists today? Aside from the obvious Pyramids in Giza, the Egyptian Museum also holds 1.2 million of items.
- •There is a future.Everyone seems to be working really hard to create a better life, from kids hustling on the streets to grown ups scurrying around in their cars. Everyone is going somewhere! Of course, there's still much more work to do. There's conflict, terrorism, plane crashes and financial challenges to fix. Will definitely be back someday! Follow @iamkelvinlee on Twitter.