I live across the street from a mosque here in Egypt. Since I’m not muslim, I’ve learned to ignore the calls to prayer, but my daily schedule more or less coincides with them. Early morning – time to get up, midday – lunchtime, after sunset – bed time. But what if you’re not a teacher? What if you’re a belly dancer or a singer who works nights? Then what do the calls to prayer signal for you?
Midday Prayer = Time to wake up
Wake up you lazy bones! You can’t sleep the whole day away.
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.
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”
This bumper sticker reads: “Breast Inspection 20 Feet Ahead. (Please Have ‘Em Out)
Categories: Egypt, Life Abroad
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