It’s Still Egypt but…

Egyptian Taxi

A year after the Egyptian revolution, it hardly looks like things have changed.  The decrepit taxis still run and negotiate for every pound they can.

The streets are still crumbing.

Ministry of Interior Building off the 5th of May Bridge

The burned out Ministry of Internal Affairs Building, a monument of the Arab Spring, like the other old buildings, temples and monuments, still graces the banks of the Nile.

Laid off Egyptian Refinery Workers protesting January 22 2012

People continue to protest.

Outside Prime Minister's office

The men in power surround themselves with soldiers.

Egyptian mosque and blue sky

Still – while driving through the Cairo, I was surprised to feel a lightness in the air.  I felt hope not darkness.

The young keep living and dancing.

It’s still a place where the sweet potato street vendor can leave his cart in the middle of the intersection under the peace cranes.

And still some Egyptians believe the Americans understand their cause and their desire for democracy.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah F.
    Jan 25, 2012 @ 23:06:56

    That last photo is so good I had to post it on Facebook, along with a link to your blog.

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  2. Deborah Hope
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 07:29:07

    These are great shots and give a real sense of the mood of the city. What a fantastic time to be there.

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  3. Eva the Dragon
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:40:17

    The last photo is actually a Mobinil ad – the local mobile company.

    Yes interesting time to be there, but just like we have to been doing yesterday and today, in Egypt we skirted around the crowds. Now I am off to buy coffee and a birthday present before the afternoon protests start. Yesterday Mojo was on the road going towards Mina Salman for 2 hours caught up in demonstration related traffic. Today, the air around Shakura is thick with tear gas. But we just shut the windows.

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