• Farah Madadha

Cairo Hiccups & Remedies

As someone who is “settling-in” in Cairo right now, below are five things that tick me off about this place & how I’m dealing with them:

1. The air & noise pollution. My first impression of Cairo was: the whole city needs dusting. The orange musk that’s constantly in the air creates an irritating blurred vision in your eyes AND mind… Ayla & I had respiratory health issues for about a month when we first moved here in July 2017, but now we’re used to it, which I am not sure is a good or a bad thing. To fight the air pollution, we are going to invest in some home-grown plants. Checkout this awesome list of 15 Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality To fight the noise pollution, we moved houses & sealed the windows of the new house to deter some of the sound coming from the street, which has proven somewhat effective… We now accept, embrace and enjoy that Thursday night DJ party that happens every. single. week from 21:00 until exactly midnight.

2. The bad internet & connectivity. Mobile phone connectivity wise, Orange, Etisalat and Vodafone are all the same: their coverage strength always depends on not only where in Cairo you are, but also where in the house you stand. As for the home internet by Telecom Egypt (TE Data), it is bad 75% of the time, but not horrible. Let’s just say that Egypt’s connectivity makes Jordan’s internet speed come out as some sort of sorcery…

3. Poor customer service is the reason why I choose to work from home 90% of the time, as opposed to from a Café; like I used to do in Amman. Egyptian waiters have the ability to make you feel invisible. I am yet to find a solution for that...

4. The visible level of poverty. Whether as a tourist or as an expat you’re bound to come across (suffer) the consequences of Egypt’s’ poverty: the scheming & scamming of tourists, foreigners & expats- I am dedicating a whole blog post on how you can be a tourist in Egypt with minimal damage, but I still have a list of places to visit still!

5. Traffic & insensible driving. We bought a car exactly two months ago and I drove it exactly four times since & only because I was forced to/had to. I take a Careem to avoid the driving & cry over bad connectivity through the traffic. Solution 2: WALK!

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