This is, at least to me, quite an interesting story.
Here it is how the police judge who is guilty when traffic accidents happen. The owner of the better car always wins!
If involved cars are equally bad, the winner is the owner who gets to the police first!
The busyness, the activity, the friendliness of the people, The so muchness of the so many things to see and do, the inexpensiveness and value for your money. The people, the difference of culture, the lack of society contraints, at least for some of us. I think for me, Egypt is a place that frees the mind.
Coptic Cairo - Masr al-Qadima
Coptic Cairo - also called Masr al-Qadima - is the oldest part of Cairo, and it's a walled area - like a compound. Access is from the Subway station of Mar Girgis.
it was settled as far back as 600 BC - and it's also the place where the Romans built a fortress called "Babylon". When Christianity was introduced to Egypt, this area became it's stronghold - and it still is. There is so much to see in this little area: many amazing churches like Mar Girgis and the Hanging Church (just to name the most important ones), old fortress walls, and even a synogogue.
Official "sights" aside, the best part of Coptic Cairo are the dusty narrow little lanes, the amazing architecture and its "abandoned" feeling. However the area is far from abandoned: it's just that life happens inside the walls and in the courtyards. they can't be seen, but they can be heard: chickens, goats...
Islamic Cairo, walk from el Azhar to the Citadel
From Khan El Kahlili we walked to the Citadel.
This area was very scenic. It looked as if nothing had changed here for centuries.
We saw beautiful medieval decorated facades, wooden bay windows and arches.
We saw donkey carts, but also pickups.
The only way to experience this area is to have a walk and look.
Dealing with egyptian
There are no specific marginal offensive protocols or gestures that you make that will get people to turn aggressive on you, other than that regarded as having good manners globally, saying thank you and please, sincerity, appreciation and understanding, however i may give you a few pointers that would help you win hearts easier:
1. "Shokran" is thank you in arabic, using egyptian language lightens any situation and gives you good grounds with any egyptian you deal with, as long as you don't carried away and turn it into an arabic lesson
2. It is customary to hear people saying "insha allah" after every statment that carries some sort of an intention to do something or is in the future, it means with god's will, if you don't believe in god just nod for understanding if a response is required, which won't be in many cases
3. Being invited to one's house:
It is customary to bring a gift over when you're invited to one's house, depending on the social level of the people you're visiting, your gift maybe local pastry, or chocolate which will do in most cases, flowers are ok, yet not very appreciated, except between couples, bringing toys for the kids is a nice gesture if they're on a lower social level.
When you're introduced to children it is nice to complement the parents on how well behaved, well dressed, good looking their kids are, and if its a child, usually its ok to hold him and play with him, the parents may insist at times.
try to go to dinners and lunches in people's homes on an empty light stomache, people may get offended if they offer you food and you resist too much, if you're a vegeterian tell them before hand to avoid embarrassing situations.
4. Helpful strangers: responding to helpful strangers is a science, a lot of them maybe scam artisits, and they're everywhere, so be tactful, polite yet firm, say thank you and look away
5. Respect your host and your host shall respect you.