Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, Zip Code: 11742
I came to Cairo only last June, for a temporary assignment in an IT company. My new home is in Maadi, a lively part of Cairo that mixes old traditions with modern vibes. Maadi’s charm comes from its tree-lined streets, diverse community, and blend of Egyptian and international influences. For me, it’s like a small version of Cairo’s interesting cultural mix. Walking through the neighborhood, I often find myself marveling at the juxtaposition of colonial-era architecture and modern buildings that house eclectic boutiques, cafes, and art studios.
Cairo, with its rich art and cultural heritage, has provided me with a rich experience. The Egyptian people are very warm, making me feel not just welcome but part of the community. One of the best parts about living in this part of Cairo has been exploring the local market. The Maadi Souq is full of colours, smells, and sounds – a real treasure trove of handmade crafts, spices, textiles, and traditional stuff. I often lose track of time while exploring the market, but I always find something new that adds a bit of Egypt to my home.
The city’s cultural scene is lively, with lots of festivals and events all year round. Whether it’s the Cairo International Film Festival or the Ramadan celebrations, the city always has something interesting going on. And what adds more colour to these festivals is the local food. The food scene here is a gastronomic adventure. From aromatic street food stalls to elegant restaurants, the city offers a diverse range of culinary delights. I have indulged in traditional Egyptian dishes like koshari and basbousa, savouring the explosion of flavours that characterise Egyptian cuisine.
Though I haven’t been able to visit Giza to see the majestic Pyramids or Sphinx yet, I plan to do a lot of travel this year with my family. But, living in Cairo has been an immersive cultural journey. As I walk around Cairo, I feel lucky to witness the perfect blend of tradition and modern life in this captivating city.
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