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Saying Goodbye to Egypt

by Danny Ramadan on February 2, 2011

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Amman, Jordan — The decision to leave Egypt wasn’t easy on me, but I was out of options.

Feeling alone, broke, beaten up, and lonely in a country I can’t predict anymore made me feel uncertain about the future. This revolution has been a life-altering event to each one of the people witnessing it, and I’m no exception.

Regardless, a last trip around the city I loved and adored for many years left me nostalgic about the past eight years. I remembered, with a bitter smile, the first dates I had in Costa Cafe, the inhumane number of cigarettes I smoked and beers I drank in Horrya Cafe in Bab al-Louq, and dancing in the Swiss Club in the Kitkat neighborhood.

My last trip around the city was my own way of saying goodbye — maybe see you soon? — to the capital, but the city was welcoming the people arriving from all across to celebrate a week of demonstrations. Over a million people took to the streets yesterday and they were chanting about a new protest to take place next to the presentational palace this Friday.

Here are my last seven photos. I am sending them from a hotel room in Jordan, but my heart is still hanging onto my friends in Cairo, who lost yet another way to connect to the internet. You see, Nour Communication was the only internet provider who was still operating over the past few days, mostly because the Egyptian Stock Exchange depends on it. Yesterday, Nour stopped providing internet to its users.

So, this is my way of saying good night to my friends there, be safe, and I’ll be seeing you soon.

This is Ramadan’s third installment about his experiences in Cairo since protests began on January 25. Check out his previous posts here: part 1, part 2.

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The other side of the now-famous Qasr al-Nil bridge in downtown Cairo. Facebook is “poked” on the Nile, on top of it is the Arabic for “Police are the thieves,” and on its left “Down with Mubarak” is written.

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A man in Tahrir Square, screaming his lungs out asking people to wake up, telling them to start protest again aginst Mubrark’s regime.

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Near the Cairo tower, we see a spray painted chess piece — a King — on a statue with the words “checkmate” underneath.

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Three burned out cars on Qasr al-Aini Street. The slogan painted on the wood literally reads: “Leave Hosni you faggot. [The ruling of] Mubarak and Habib [the former minister of interior] is invalid.”

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“Mubarak is a coward” is written in black letters and “Egypt belongs to me” is written on top in red.

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An Islamist is looking up towards an army officer on a tank, they have a conversation about the current situation.

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This is a smart play on words that combines the Muslim Brotherhood’s slogan “Islam is the Solution” with a more secular need to read “Vinegar is the Solution,” which is a reference to the only way to quell the effects of tear gas, namely to wash your face with vinegar.

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Ahmed (aka Danny) Ramadan tweets at @dannyramadan when the internet is working.

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  • SarahS

    Thank you for this.

  • http://twitter.com/bhoggard Barry Hoggard

    Thank you so much, Danny, for your reporting. And thanks to Hyperallergic for bringing it to us.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Torres/807740186 Julie Torres

    such a great post. thank you, danny.

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