November 13, 2012

In Cairo, a Curfew Against Chaos

Issandr El Amrani, Latitude

AP Photo

There aren’t many advantages to living in this city. It is falling apart under the weight of overpopulation, traffic is gridlocked, the pollution is toxic, and there are few parks or other green areas in which to seek respite. But residents will proudly say that there are few cities that offer Cairo’s oddly laid-back buzz.

Part of the city’s charm is that it is a genuinely 24-hour place: Cairenes think nothing of visiting a doctor at 11 p.m., shopping for shoes at midnight and having tea and a shisha at 3 a.m.

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