COSI’s Lost Egypt Exhibition

Permits, Police, and a Jawa – Part Two by Kate
March 2, 2008, 7:45 pm
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Author: Kate

After leaving one of the permit offices today, we had to cross the streets of Cairo – not a task to be taken lately, in a place where the white lines designating lanes are merely a suggestion. Cars, buses, taxis and a motorcycle called a “Jawa” rocketed past us. Our guide fearlessly stepped into traffic, and amazingly, when we followed into the street, the cars pulled up just short of us.

We kept telling ourselves, “Keep going, this is for the kids!”

From there, we headed toward the erect monument of the Cairo Tower, which was built in the late 1950’s. It fans out at the top in imitation of a lotus blossom, and offers one of the best vantage points from which to view (and film!) the city, especially at sunset. Unfortunately we were unable to film there today, but hope to have some pictures for you by the end of the trip from this location.


Permits, Police, and a Jawa – Part One by Carli
March 2, 2008, 7:33 pm
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Author: Carli

We sat at breakfast this morning discussing the shots of Cairo that we needed for both the exhibit and the promotional materials. We talked about the juxtaposition of wrapped Islamic women or men on bikes carrying baskets of bread on their head, while they dodged Mercedes in the streets and passed by McDonald’s and Pizza Hut restaurants.

Catching these moments on film was our intent. However, after successfully gaining filming permission and access to the antiquities through the council, we were halted by the Cairo police for lack of Egyptian press paperwork; meaning that we were unable to film inside the city. So off we went to beg and plead and look ridiculously American.