We were very productive today! We woke up very early and went to the Citadel. It includes several beautiful mosques as well as fantastic views of the city! I was very impressed! However, it also includes a museum that is legitimately the worst I’ve ever seen. They seemed to just have crammed things into the building, just to have something to show off. The labels are like “Ancient sword” or just “Old” , and it had misspellings like “major jeneral” and “ballista arrows thriwer.” It was absolutely ridiculous. The editor inside of me was crying a bit!
Garbage City. It is the place where Cairo’s trash and recycling goes, and people live there. They take care of the trash and make money off of the recycled goods. Their living situation is so dirty. It’s as near to slum conditions as I have ever been. However, it was fascinating. Most of them are Christians, so it was the only neighborhood in Cairo where I have seen a lot of crosses and Christian symbols.
We then proceeded to an Orthodox Christian Church that is carved into the mountain base. It is outdoors and impressive. While we were there, a funeral procession showed up and a hundred or more wailing women in black came down the hill with the hearse. It was at once terrifying and moving.