I HAVE!!! :))
Was quite an experince, I should say. Though quite a few years have passed since that evening, some memories are still vivid and I'll try to describe the ceremony to you.
How it all happened? Well, our group had a guide in Egypt and in Cairo in particular, he was a nice guy, who, to our amasement, spoke very good Russian without even a slight accent, however he didn't look very arabic either, later on I figured out that he was from one of the asian republics of the former Soviet Union, his family immigrated several years before dissolution of the Union and eventually settled down in Cairo. The guy attended Cairo University and had a friend whos elder brother managed several gold shops around the town. For majority of pakage tourists visits to parfume, papyrus and gold shops are a must, so once in a gold shop our guide acquinted me with the son of the owner, who happened to be that elder brother.
The poor pal seemed to fall seriously in love with me and even proposed marriage :)), but before that he decided to get me introduced to his parents and the occation, that seemed to him the best, was the wedding ceremony of his cousin, to which he invited me.....
The ceremony took place in the inner yard surrounded by 4-5 story living apartment blocks from the four sides. The houses walls and rare trees in the yard were decorated with clored peices of fabric, baloons and rugs. The yard rectangle was devided into 1/3 and 2/3 by a rather high wooden fence which was covered in numerous rugs in order to prevent transparency. Both parts had about 15-20 rows of benches for guests to be seated. As you probably have guessed the 1/3 part was for female guests and 2/3 part was for male, for accidential Europeans as were my friend and myself and "free spirited" local women :)))
At the far side of the yard rectagle was a stage where in the left corner two huge armchares were put for bride and groom with a shining neon sign with some incriptions in arabic above them. The right side of the stage was occupied by a band which looked very contmporary - men wore black and white suites, had keyboard and electric guitars. Later I was told that it was one of the famous bands in Cairo. Three rows of benches/chairs just before the stage were put without any "separator" for male and female parts, those were for relatives of bride and groom, who sat there mixed from the gender poin of view.
When we entered the yard the ceremony had been on for quite some time already.
It is your nonrepeatable chance to drive a car only at sunset in Ramadan, as all people are fasting and going home for breakfast at sunset, cairo in this time is very empty and enjoy driving for only one hour
The Post Office has some interesting decorations. It's a pleasant site on your way to the Citadel, which you MUST see!
Go to Old Cairo to see the Coptic area as well. The churches are quite interesting.
Most of the people in Egypt are poor, so if you see a woman or a child begging for money at the sidewalk, hava a heart give them a dollar or two.
i saw people selling giant watermelon on the street, it was irresistable.
the one i bought was 11 kg and of course i can't finish it myself. but it was good, so i didn't regret to buy it
Camels are brought in here mostly from Sudan. There are large camel market around Aswan. The most convenient is perhaps this one which lies at the outskirt of Cairo.
Even though we paid at the entrance of the market, a camel owner asked for 'bakshish' (tips) from us since we were taking photos. Don pay and its not necessary.
We experienced an owner beating up a camel severely, that it started vomiting the grass it had eaten. So, the environment may not be that organized and nice. But thats how the business is there.
As you watch out the camels, also watch out the sticks. Since its all about the use of stick that make the camels run crazy!
The picture shows the entrance where you pay and get a receipt. Close to this plce on your right, there is a tea-caffe. A plce if you think its been enough of seeing.
You can wander off in the Old Town and visit some not so well-known mosques, but I suppose you're better off to stick to a group.
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