Well, it’s 83 degrees in Cairo and the Egyptians are freezing in their jackets. Life has adopted a degree of normalcy here, though “normal” is an extremely relative term. I have scientifically deduced that the human body can run on adrenaline and reserve nutrients for about two months until the physical effects of a city like Cairo begins to take its toll.
According to one report, “[the] air quality in Cairo has been reaching dangerous levels of lead, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and suspended particulate matter concentrations, due to decades of unregulated car emissions, urban industrial operations, and chaff and trash burning … The level of air pollution in Cairo ranges from 10 to 100 times higher than the standards set by the World Health Organization.”
The city is one part unbelievable beauty:
And one part unspeakable filth:
Half the excitement of Cairo is its dirtiness, but even the immediate effects are staggering.