pretty pretentious pretend
i will only fall for the moon
and how do I
not that hole
not that tall
l o v e
/ the negotiation
/ the pacification
/ the carve
/ the unveil
/ the reveil
/ the devalue
/ the development
i will only fall for the moon
is that sexy?
- Hala Nasr
A perfect example of “desert flower” fetishization/exotification. Women of color are always shown as “others”, they’re seen as women who have to use their sexuality to save themselves (or worse, as people who are just inherently sexual by their mere existence).
We’re putting these sexualized images of women of color into cartoons meant for children, essentially brainwashing them to grow into adults who fetishize non-white women. Gross.
Mervat Tallawy, Egyptian minister and women’s rights activist
Your death still shakes me to the core, Ali, but your legacy lives on.
Rest in Power, habibna kolna.
C A F E S
Left Bank; Abou el Feda
Great place to read and have a coffee. It’s very bright and has beautiful Nile views. I love this place. So chill.
Pottery Cafe; near Om Kalthoum tower, Abou el Feda, Zamalek
What’s cool is you’re literally chilling on the side of the road (if you’re into that sort of thing). Nile views.
La Chantilly; main street in Korba, Heliopolis
Greco; Road 9, Maadi
Villa 55; Maadi
B A L A D I - B A R S
Stella; corner of Hoda Sha’rawy and Talaat Harb, Downtown
Dark dusty small bar. Activist/hipster watering hole. Women should never use the toilet, unless you’re into those outside watching your silhouette pee!
Happy City; near Mohamed Naguib, Downtown
B A R S
Vent; Asr el Nile St, near Tahrir side, Downtown
Full of AUC hipsters but it’s dark, has a good selection of alcohol and usually has good music. Opens after 6pm.
Rooftop/Pour vous; 21 Maahad el Swisry, Zamalek
Dopest view of the Nile. Smoke shisha/eat/drink.
The Snug; Port Said Street, Maadi
Dopest vegetable cafes, great selection of alcohol, outdoor/indoor flow, shisha available. Always heaps of foreigners and expats about. AMAZING service, especially from a waiter called Mandela (he’s my favourite).
Hotel Flamenco; corner Gezira el wasta Street and Ismail Mohamed, Zamalek
Red Onion; Maadi
Kinda pub-like, but very intimate. Went on a very nice date there. Good selection of alcohol and frequented by expats.
R E S T A U R A N T S
Cafe Riche; near Talaat Harb square, Downtown
Great food and atmosphere. Beer and wine available. Foreigners and Egyptians alike. Said to have been a favourite for many famous Egyptians, include President Nasser.
Greek club; near Groppi, Talaat Harb Street, Downtown
Food’s not that great, but cheap beer and great company.
Abdel Wahab; Club 88, Abou el Feda, Zamalek
Great Lebanese food. Shisha available. Nile views.
Tabouleh; Taha Hussein St, Zamalek
Great Lebanese food. Shisha available. Very cosy.
Hotel Karven; near Marghany Road, Heliopolis
La Bodega; June 26 Mehwar, Zamalek
Pretty expensive, date material and great selection of wines.
F O O D
Best burgers at 2am I have ever had.
P A R T Y
Nacelle; Pharoahs on Nile Road, Mohandessein
Exclusive, partying with the elites in Egypt. Need to have gender-balanced groups and book in advance. Around 250 LE entry.
and i loved that you stain like beer
not wanting to need the want to
take the road
then fucked it all away
but not before
six amnesia summers came to an
warm leather gloves that time of
U-turns of hope
drawn in Tagamoa’s skies
haunting my horizon heart
demon brick-wall compromise
and became forever
and i loved that you tried so hard
lost your spine in their
romance scripts, hash and
songs of prayer
with that godamn fantastic
cloud chaos desire inspiring
strumming my ear and
sweaty scenes, tangled
in your eye socket breath
those sober glimpses of
i loved all of your absence
it is not as fickle as them
it will forever be whether we are brave enough
to let it speak
Iain Thomas (via radiumangel)