Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Breath of Fresh Air (Literally)

Just thought I'd post a picture of my favorite cup of coffee on Valentine's Day.
A group of kids cleaning the streets of Egypt.
Since last Thursday, February 11th, things have seemed a little different here in Egypt. For the most part, Egyptians are walking with their heads held a little higher and with more of a smile on their faces. When walking the streets of Cairo, you normally see the sadness in their faces. Sometimes they are very angry and hateful in traffic, but we always keep in mind that alot of these people do not have a reason to smile.

As you know though, that pride and happiness they are feeling is coming from their victory in their demonstrations in Tahrir (Liberation) Square last week.

One thing that has resulted from this is that the people feel a little more proud of being Egyptian. Because of this pride, people have decided to try to "clean" up Egypt, literally. You see, normaly the streets of Egypt are filled with trash. There are people who are hired to clean the streets, and because of that, people are very used to just throwing their trash in the streets.

I just happened to be walking down the street with my family last Saturday, and we saw a young group of people cleaning some trash off the street, so I asked them if I could take their picture and they said yes.

Also, people are in better moods because all of the normal shops and restaurants are open again. Just thought I'd post a picture of what my husband's mocha from Costa looked like on Valentine's Day. I know that I am much more cheerful now that my favorite coffee shop is open again.


  1. It is such a great news for the Egyptians. Your post reflects the positiveness of the people. Life goes on!

  2. Lots of my friends and Belgians in general love to go to Egypt (especially to the red sea) in March and November. As they go there since years they also have Egyptian friends there. Now we are all very happy that we can go there again. The people there really suffered, they all depend on tourists. What does a camel owner do without a tourist to carry around ? For them this revolution was a catastrophe, they want to eat and work. They don't care about politics, one said to the Belgian TV. and that's the opinion of the majority in this region.
    I hope they find a solution for ALL Egyptians.

  3. Flo, for all of the positiveness, there are lots of Egyptians that are worried. We are a little worried too, that this revolution may not change things for the better. Only time will tell.

  4. Gattina, yes, this has definately been hard on tourism here. I truly hope people start coming back to Egypt soon. Thanks for your comment.