Confessions of a semi-doctor: (4) Marching to “Tahrir”..


I should’ve posted this earlier, but I was dead-tired! I’m not fit for standing on my feet that long! But it was totally worth it!

Finally, I’ve spoken my mind out and set my imprisoned anger free! As I was abroad during Jan. 25th revolution, frustration was eating my heart out till two days ago, when I let it all out!

Joining “El Tahrir doctors” march to Tahrir square during the past two days has made me see a different side of Egyptians, a golden side.. Protesters there are definitely neither thugs nor “infiltrators”; I could see kids as well as people in the age of my grandparents.  The square had brought the poor and the wealthy, the ignorant and the educated all together.. Well, the word “Egyptians” sums the scene best!

Everybody was more than welcomed, but I never expected that going there “white-coated” has that very special impact! Since the first moment of our entrance, we were overwhelmed by clapping and whistling!
At the field hospital, people who offered free medical supplies and food were countless, they got us piles! Volunteers too, whether medical students or doctors, were way too many that I felt my presence useless.. I was just standing there holding a bottle of saline and literally doing nothing when a woman came by and patted my shoulder saying “God bless you!”, I never thought of myself that way before, but to that simple woman, I was a life saver!

They were only two days, I didn’t go today and regret it terribly. Something keeps telling me that I belong there; at Tahrir, “the capital of freedom”..

Here’s November 21st’s march:

When headache knocks!


Best pic from google, it perfectly illustrates my headache!

Having frequent episodes of intense headache, evoked by dust and smoke (AKA: allergic sinusitis) is just pure torture! It technically means that I’m allergic to air!!

It’s like getting locked where an irritating song plays over and over! It ain’t just about having to tolerate that sharp pain pinching every inch of my face, it’s also how it disturbs all my senses! As the slightest tilt of my head hurts, everything becomes provoking; reading, thinking, even the softest sound, and I turn into a nagging (and sometimes aggressive) creature!

And since medications don’t seem to work, or let’s say, they take time. I end up spending a week or so, fighting the urge to bang my head to the closest wall, till the attack subsides.. Thank God, I haven’t gone insane yet, but it’s out of my hands; I can’t stop breathing air!

Scenes: (4) Capturing magnificence!


It’s been like forever since I last had a perfect mini-vacation. My last 4 days were beyond perfect! 😀
Spending a good time with my family whether indoors or hanging out, enjoying the terrific scenes of Cairo was exactly what I needed to get out of the ordinary routine of college. My sister & I have captured HUNDREDS of photos. I’ve been shuffling through the pics for hours before finally settling on these!

#Al-Masah Hotel & Spa:

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Green areas are endless in there, it’s the right place for kids, for a barbecue and even for meditating-nature-lovers! 🙂

#Wandering with a “Nile Bus”:

I’m sorry they haven’t yet invented cameras to capture the soothing Autumn breeze!!

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El Gezirah Hotel.

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Four Seasons Hotel.

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Widest part of the Nile.

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Nile cruise.

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Another Nile cruise & “Cairo Tower”  behind.

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Cairo Tower.

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Cairo Tower, far view.

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Cairo Tower, fading at the horizon..

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World’s highest flagpole, a recent record in Guinness!

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“Ramses Hilton” hotel.

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“Maspiro” building.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs building.

Random buildings..

Isn’t it magnificent?? 😀

4 days of joy! ツ


I love family traditions, especially when it comes to holidays and feasts. The sweet flavor of such occasions has always given me that warm feeling of belonging somewhere.. 🙂

This morning, we started celebrating “Eid Al-Adha“; the “Greater eid” or “The feast of sacrifice”. Rituals last for four days (which are an official vacation :D) and from the name, “sacrificing” a sheep and equally sharing the meat with relatives, friends and the needy takes place among other rituals.
(If that interests you, I strongly recommend reading about it in this friend-post).

Anyway, I’m shedding the light on the social side; sharing and bringing people together. As a kid, I remember how excited I felt about getting up early on the first day of eid, wearing my new clothes, going to the “Eid prayer” with my family, exchanging greetings on our way with whoever we met and bonding with the “sheep” before facing its destiny!

I can recall too, being eager to meet up later with my cousins, uncles and aunties at my grandparent’s place, watching a movie together or going for a barbecue, blowing baloons with friends or neighbors and bragging about the “eideya” (money of eid) I collected from my parents and relatives. And for sure, I never missed the most thrilling part; joining a mini-FIREWORKS party with the other kids!!

In case you’re wondering about now, I certainly can tell that years have changed nothing! Except for abandoning fireworks (it’s not that I mind, but seeing a 20-years-old playing fireworks down the street is just awkward!) and ditching the sheep, I’m still that little kid! 😉 🙂

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♩♬Spread your wings!♩♬



I’m not that into music. However, I’m so into positive and uplifting songs..
“Spread your wings”, sung by the Egyptian band “Cairokee“, is one of those songs, it’s been echoing inside my head for a while, so I thought of translating and sharing it. The lyrics are no longer rhyming after translation, but still, I find them very meaningful! The song was even used in Coca-Cola’s ads.
Special thanks to my friend “Khlood” for helping me pick some of the words. Here we go:

You’re all what you dream,
you’re your only hope..
And everything you’re looking for,
is inside you calling..
Let go of the past,
and write your own book..
Awaken your sleeping dreams,
shout and say what’s inside you..

Spread your wings,
and fly in the air..
Your ceiling is high,
up in the sky..

In the moment of your silence, think.
And inside yourself, search.
Draw, paint and photograph,
open your heart and lighten up.

Your way isn’t so far,
believe that you’re not on your own.
You’re every brand new thing,
now certainly is your time.

They always will try to move you away,
shut your eyes and pull you back.
They want you to live and to die,
as if you never existed..

Spread your wings,
and fly in the air..
Your ceiling is high,
up in the sky..

Here’s Coca-Cola’s ad, the song’s a lot lovelier with those kids singing. I assume you’ll like it despite the language… 🙂