Exploring Cairo was always a fun experience. The city itself is ginormous and there is always something cool to see on every street. We didn’t always have much time to venture off Zamalek into the rest of Cairo, but when we did it was always special. On this particular day we were given a tour of several mosques in Cairo.
– Seeing several mosques (the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the Mosque of Al Rifai, the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, and the Mohammed Ali Mosque). The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the largest mosque in Cairo, and we got to climb to the top of its minaret and look out onto Cairo! We were also the only ones there, which made the whole experience very calm and surreal. The Mohammed Ali mosque was especially cool because it was built in the Ottoman style and reminded all of us of Istanbul.
– After admiring the most beautiful Egyptian baby I have ever seen, I was asked to take a picture with it. Flattered? Sure!
–Being crowded by school children outside the Mohammed Ali mosque who wanted to take our pictures (all too familiar, at this point).