Without going too far (or at all) into details, 2018 was a strange, whimsical, and horrifying year for many an Ahmed and Dalia the country over. Thankfully, we’re mostly interested in entertaining you folks rather than throwing gritty reality at you. So in the spirit of quality entertainment, we’ve rounded up our most read (and hopefully enjoyed) English-language articles throughout 2018 for your viewing pleasure. Some will make you cry, others will make you hungry, and some might even itch. So here they are in deliciously ascending order.
Unless you were born with bird bones, or you truly never gave two iotas of a shit, you’ve been to a gym at least once in your life. And no matter where you go to sweat off your cankles, the rich biodiversity of your average gym will remain quite unchanged. Have you met the sporty businessman who juggles clients on a treadmill? Perhaps you’ve heard (or smelled) the loud boy a few times; it’s hard not to. And you’ve definitely seen your fair share of sentient chicken drumsticks walking into the gym and possibly killing themselves trying to exercise. Head to the OG article for all the sweaty details.
Funnily enough, you can do any and all of these things at any point in time. But 2018 was, as we mentioned many times before, a strenuous year for most. So it never hurts to stave off the misery with some neat tabla lessons, or a stay at one of Egypt’s gorgeous ecolodges. You have a whole new year ahead of you, so if you haven’t take up our suggestions for 2018, maybe walk into 2019 with a few in your sights.
As if frozen in time where it counts, and all but too fast where it doesn’t, Downtown is Cairo’s most scenic and hectic locale. But in a time where venues open and close in the span of a few months, spots like Cafe Riche have been around since before your grandfather had the gall to ask your mother out on a date. Not to mention the rich, storied history behind each and every one of these gorgeous Downtown spots. Gather your crew, read our take, and go to (Down)town.
Somebody probably famous once said “all is fair in love and war.” Except here in Egypt, nothing is fair in general, especially love (war is surprisingly fair here though). It’s strange knowing that we live in a part of the world where it’s totally fine to marry a stranger next week, but coming home at 3 AM can easily be grounds for disowning you. Check out the litany of misery we call relationship dynamics on the full article.
It should come as absolutely no surprise to those well-informed enough that the Middle East has a constant problem with HIV. Whether it’s the complete lack of sexual education, horrifically unprofessional demeanour towards the virus and those affected, or the unfair stigmas surrounding the issue, Egypt is at risk of something mighty terrible if no steps are taken against the spread of HIV. Remember to stay safe, and educate yourself with what we have to offer in the article.
We don’t know what it is that makes having a beer on top of a building that much more enjoyable. It could be the sweeping view over the Nile (or Cairo’s chaos). It could be the open air and sky giving the night s bit more flavour. Whatever it is, we enjoy Cairo’s rooftop watering holes regardless of anything, and our handy dandy little list is perfect for the evening adventurer in you.
Who better than to tell Egypt’s many disillusioned and downtrodden womenfolk the many reasons why they shouldn’t ate a fuckboy than a member of the Egyptian male race? Though there’s a bit more to it between the lines than you think, our neat little compilation of extremely red flags in a beau should help you avoid the vast majority of male-pattern garbage. Always remember to tip your waiters though.
It’s that damn chicken they have. It’s always the chicken. But aside from the greatest thing to happen to chicken since breading, good old Saudi leaves many an Egyptian expat with warm, mostly consumerist memories that impart a sense of warmth. Exotic cars, cheesecakes, roller-coasters and very red energy drinks, Saudi’s got it all.
City life in Egypt can drive even the most resilient of folks to the brink of insanity. Impersonal, impassable, and saturated with all manner of detriments, Cairo alone can turn into a hellscape if you don’t leave it every now and then. Thankfully, Egypt is absolutely blessed with six ecolodges that are as breathtakingly beautiful as they are green. Check out our picks, take a week off, and enjoy the silence.
For those of you sadly unaware of Egypt’s unbelievably rich diversity when it comes to nature, this article was tailor-made for you. It’s easy to assume that there isn’t much to see past Sharm, Dahab, or the many, many protectorates that dot the land. But hidden lakes between mountains, alien-like alabaster mines, an entire church in a cave, or your average (and beautiful) fisherman’s village aren’t things you’re always shown. Egypt is brimming with places you need to see to believe, and in this impending new year, it’s a good idea to re-do your bucket list.