Posts Tagged With: Friday

Adventures in Egyptian Ikea

If you’re going to go to Ikea, pick a time when it’s not busy. In Egypt (and most of the Middle East, I assume), that time is Friday mid-morning, before prayer. Friday is the holy day here, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims alike. Most people sleep in leaving the streets bare and ghost town quiet. It’s a good time to go shopping at major stores and malls like Carrefour or Cairo Festival City (CFC), but don’t expect the corner shop to be open.

Therefore, at 11 am on Friday, I took a taxi with some new co-workers to Cairo Festival City to go shopping. As with the last time we came to CFC, it took the driver five minutes to figure out how to enter to the mall parking lot. There is plenty of parking, but most of it is blocked off, and no one really knows why. The cab driver finally determined that taking us directly to the door of Ikea was not an option, so he dropped us at the nearest entrance and we wandered through the mall to get there.

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Street Scenes

My area of New Cairo is quite famous. It turns out that former president Morsi lived 8 villas down from my current apartment. He also attended the mosque that is across the street from the school residence where I live. This makes home easy to find – taxi drivers are familiar with the area. It also makes the mosque a busy place, especially on Fridays.

Our normally empty street is flooded with cars on Fridays.

Our normally empty street is flooded with cars on Fridays.

Last Friday my coworker Kelly F and I were hoping to get some back-to-school shopping done and made the mistake of trying to hail a cab at noon on a Friday. We stood in the hot sun for more than half an hour before deciding to walk down the block to try our luck somewhere else. On our way we encountered some funny signs stuck to cars:

The sign on the car window reads: "Stop Following Me Your Sister Not With Me"

The sign on the car window reads: “Stop Following Me Your Sister Not With Me”

This bumper sticker reads: "Breast Inspection 20 Feet Ahead. (Please Have 'Em Out)

This bumper sticker reads: “Breast Inspection 20 Feet Ahead. (Please Have ‘Em Out)

 

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