Khan el-Khalili is a famous bazaar and souq in the historic center of Cairo, Egypt. Established as a center of trade in the Mamluk era and named for one of its several historic caravanserais, the bazaar district has since become one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike.
In the tea houses you can buy tea and rent a waterpipe. Not one single Egyptian spoke English or German, but they were all extremely friendly and waved me into the tea houses and paid tea and water pipe rent for me, but they did not try to speak with me.
In the streets
5-6 km. from the center of Cairo lies an area called Manshiyat Naser, about 6 square kilometers. In this are lives about 265.000 individuals, who are coptic christians.
About 90% of the city’s garbage is brought to Manshiyat Naser by garbage collectors, who then sort through the garbage to attempt to retrieve any potentially useful or recyclable items. The whole families, men, women, old people, children are engaged in this work, and there is garbage all over, in the streets, on the balconies, on the roofs etc.
And the people out there has a rather good income by selling everything that can be recycled, and in this way the city of Cairo could be called “a green city”.
When I arrived in the airport I was picked up by a taxi driver who had been sent by my hotel, and I used him in the following days. But when I asked him to take me to garbage city he did not know what it was, never heard of it, so I had to show him, which made me rather proud.
Actually, I was not very interested in the pyramids, but I felt that had to go there. and ride a camel But it was rather windy, so there was almost a sand storm, so I was only there for less than an hour
In the mosque