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Posted by Brian Jones, Monday, January 13, 2003
I have just returned from a holiday in Egypt. The place is extraordinary in its diversity, it's energy (particulary Cairo!) and the incredible abundance of Pharaonic monuments.
Cairo has always been a favourite place and somewhere that I lived for a while in 1997 whilst teaching English. There is no middle ground as far as Cairo is concerned; you either love it or you hate it. It is dirty, overcrowded, polluted and a constant challenge but above all it is alive in a way that I have not found with other cities. You are never quite sure what will happen when you step outside your door but you can be sure that it will be interesting.
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