"The City of the Dead, or Cairo Necropolis (Qarafa, el-Arafa), is an Arabic necropolis and cemetery below the Mokattam Hills in southeastern Cairo, Egypt. The people of Cairo, the Cairenes, and most Egyptians, call it el'arafa (trans. 'the cemetery'). It is a 4 miles (6.4 km) long (north-south) dense grid of tomb and mausoleum structures, where some people live and work amongst the dead. Some reside here to be near ancestors, of recent to ancient lineage. Some live here after being forced from central Cairo due to urban renewal demolitions and urbanization pressures, that increased from the Nasser 1950s on. Other residents immigrated in from the agricultural countryside, looking for work."
A friend had her Egyptian friends take us to a cabaret last night. Well, what they call a 'cabaret' here (read: whore house). They weren't too keen on me taking pictures, so this grainy image is the best I could do. There was a midget at the door, shiny silver tinsel on the ceiling and a guy crooning Egyptian songs. It felt very Twin Peaks.The snacks were good, the singers okay and the belly dancer atrocious. Also found this on the wall: