A Day in a Life of a Mother in Cairo

I thought it would be insightful and fun to share what a day in the life of a mother looks like living in Cairo. I always say that I am a foreigner in Egypt who speaks broken Arabic and lives very much Egyptian life. When I say Egyptian life, I mean I have to do everything any ordinary Egyptian woman would do in her daily life. I have to go to the souq(an open market that sells everything that a supermarket would but at a cheaper price) to do by my groceries, I have to take the many types of public transportation (taxi, minibus, tuk-tuk, train, etc), often times you will see me bargaining in my broken Arabic. Oh, and did I mention I am here with two toddlers without my husband! Try to picture all of this without laughing or maybe you think I’m crazy like most of my family does.

So yesterday (or today, depends where you are in the world, it’s only 4:00 AM  here), I decided to end my hibernation and do some errands with the kids. I always have to pack a team with me when I leave the house with both my kids. I carry one child in one hand and hold the other child in the other and usually I have one of the nieces come with me to carry the umbrella stroller. So this time we are a team of 4, everything looks great at this point, we hop unto a microbus which is a minibus that has small routes (see picture below) and arrive at our destination without a problem (well minus the crazy driver, who’s screaming at the cars and honking like there’s no tomorrow).

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Off course doing errands in Egypt is never an ABC, 123 type of thing, it’s more like a Geometry equation. You gotta go up and down, left and right and in the end, you didn’t achieve anything besides a headache and a deep urge never to leave the house again. Ok, well I am exaggerating a bit here, so I did manage to do my errand but my kids now are impatient and I gotta give them something to eat immediately before one jumps out of their stroller. We go for ice cream and one decides to throw a tantrum so mommy has to hurry up and gulp her ice cream down her throat. At this point being out for half an hour, I am already thinking, “I want to go home”. After half an hour or so we went home and the fun began.

Now I am heading home with a very apprehensive child who needs a nap and is on a sugar high. Because we are a team of four we have to occupy only 2 seats on the minibus and have a juggle a purse, stroller, and the two kids in our laps. My oldest who is only 3 1/2 years old wants a seat to herself, there is no rationalizing with her so I have to let her nag the whole ride back and my youngest is now fidgeting and kicking the lady in the front.

Phew, I finally arrived home. Oh yay, it’s Thursdays which means that my in-laws that live below my apartment made food for the family. I get to my in-laws enjoy a homemade Egyptian deliciousness and all is good! I call this a successful day!

I made this post to take it lightly and have fun with it. You definitely have to have a sense of humor living in Cairo because life is nothing but unpredictable and the people here are very good at coping with unexpected events. I am trying to head in that direction but taking it day by day.


11 responses to “A Day in a Life of a Mother in Cairo”

  1. I can not understand as your mother, you would choose to leave sor far from me, when I raised you with family and our culture values.


  2. Hello Andrea. I love your blog. I also live in Cairo, Egypt as a foreigner (originally Sudanese). I have a blog too called The Bountiful Now (www.thebountifulnow.com). For now, it’s just a niche-less blog, but I’m thinking of making it a mommy blog since I do have a 1.5 year old daughter and the most defining experience in my life is becoming a mother…in Egypt. I love your pictures too. I’m still fiddling around with my Panasonic Lumix FZ200 trying to take pictures of a decent quality. Anyways, since we are both mothers and foreigners in this crazy country, I thought it would be good to meet up, maybe even collaborate.

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    1. Helllo Asil..Ohh that’s wonderful, it is always good to meet new mommies and share our experiences..The collaboration sounds really good too..Where about in Cairo do you live? Unfortunately, I haven’t really done a lot of photography as I used to before…I live in a very Egyptian, no foreigners area and I don’t like to stick out as a foreigner..I would love to take photos of every day Egyptian life but it’s been impossible..I will definitely visit your blog.


    2. I tried to visit your website but a page saying bluehost comes up


      1. I think I was doing some maintenance work on it yesterday when you tried to visit it. Try again http://www.thebountifulnow.com. I live in Fifth Settlement. It’s a pretty quiet area. Not much to see but at least its far away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo. Im in Dubai right now visiting family. I will be back in Cairo next week. Have you heard of Osana wellness center. It’s a beautiful place for mommies and kids, where you can do yoga, have massages etc and the kids can play outside in the garden. We should go there sometime. Anyways, when I’m back in town I will let you know

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        1. I recently heard of it and wanted to take a look..it seems very nice..Maybe when you get back iA we can visit together. Have a safe trip back to Egypt.

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          1. Hi Andrea. I’m back in Cairo. I would love to meet up. Maybe even go to Osana together. I heard it was closed until August 18, but let me check. If you have an email address or facebook, I will send you my number. My email is asilbasil@hotmail.com


          2. Hello.. I’m so sorry I am responding now.. had no internet at home and my phone was unreliable.. are u still in Cairo? I’ve been to osana a couple times and I like it. I have both Facebook but don’t check it often.. u can find me by my email andreacfrt@gmail.com

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          3. Hi Andrea. It’s no problem at all. Yes I came back end of July. I would love to meet up. But let’s do it in the New Year as I’m very busy until then. My email is asilbasil@hotmail.com. I will email you.

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          4. Hello.. that would be no problem.. let me know when you have more time.


  3. Miss you love! Enjoy et be safe,)!!<3<3<3

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