Shopping in Egypt was one of my favorite things to do, and for those of you that know me, that comes as no surprise! There were so many intriguing things unique to Middle Eastern culture that I fell in love with. The lanterns were my fave. Good thing the punk selling them at the best stand would not go down on his price as much as I wanted. Who was he kidding?!
I bought perfume… it was concocted before my eyes. I bought exquisite drinking glasses for my future glamorous kitchen (hahaha). My mom swears they must be toxic, there is so much gold on them. I bought boxes made of antique wood for love letters. The camel bone man, a good friend, sold me so many things, I can’t even remember all I purchased.
Good thing bargaining is an absolute must, or else I would have been in trouble! Egypt is definitely not so cheap. Anyways, I love having to work for a good price on a purchase. I planned my shopping trips carefully, because it is so easy to get caught in the trap of buying junk made in China (wait, I thought I was in Cairo?)! International market shopping is hard, I’ll admit. There are Pashmina scarves EVERYWHERE IN THE WORLD IN EVERY MARKET EVER, don’t be fooled!!! Why are they are so tempting?? Good grief.
All of that to say, I LOVE THE KHAN EL KHALILI!!!!!
In addition, please listen to this Oum Kalthoum music…she is the DIVA of Arabic music… she is still Egypt’s favorite singer…basically the Ella Fitzgerald of Egypt. Her music will always remind me of Cairo, thanks to the film I watched on the plane en route to Egypt.