Cairo is an astonishing city in so many ways; therefore, I think it only appropriate to compile some of the oddities that have and will continue to amaze me. Therefore, 127 Egyptian Nights will have a semi-regular feature titled “I Can’t Believe It’s Cairo”, documenting absurdities from my American perspective. These observations will often be accompanied by personal commentary on the situation.
For dinner Friday night, several study abroad students from Notre Dame and myself walked two blocks from our dormitory in the Zamalek section of Cairo to the Euro Deli — incidentially enough, there are no Euro Deli locations in Europe. While eating there, what came over the restaurant’s loudspeakers but “I Kissed a Girl” by Katy Perry. In case you didn’t know, homosexual acts are a felony in Egypt.