Earlier today we decided to once again brave the craziness of Khanak aheleli (the biggest open air market in Cairo). We actually didn’t even have a chance to get overwhelmed because as soon as our taxi pulled up to a market a young Egyptian man asked us if we were Americans and offered to help us. He was wearing an American flag on his shirt and spoke very good English, so we figured why not. He took us all around to his friend’s shops but we ended up with pretty good deals in the end. I spent about 30 US dollars and ended up with quite a pile of merchandise. It’s amazing how the prices differ from the hugely touristy spots in the market and then those of the beaten track. Naturally, Mido took us to the lesser known areas because he’s a native. He also said that his family also owned a business there so he practically grew up in the market.
Then this evening Sam and I went adventuring again in Dokki. She’s set on finding the supposed Starbucks that is somewhere around here and I’ve just been going along even though I’m not really dying for a cup of coffee that isn’t instant. A side note on coffee: Egyptians drink a lot of a mix called 3-in-1, which is a blend of instant coffee granules, milk, and sugar. It’s delicious. I don’t drink much coffee at home, though, so to the average coffee drinker it might not be the best.
Now, onto the food we’ve been eating. I feel like I eat so much more healthily here than I do at home. I suppose because so few of the usual junk foods are available. Additionally, fruits and vegetables are cheaper than the imported goodies, so we’ve been directing our attention more to the fresh produce. I feel like I’m on the Mediterranean Diet with all the pitas, fruit, olives, vegetables I’ve been eating. It feels good, actually! I should probably just stay here. Our current favorite meal has been a mix of tomatoes, yellow peppers, onions, cucumbers, oil and vinegar. Sometimes we add chickpeas or some other beans. It’s quite delicious. We’ve also been eating a lot of eggs and cheese for more protein.
Now that I’ve bored the world with eating habits (although I’m sure some are inteterested), I end this entry.