Two months ago I visited Egypt (aka Um el-Donia) for the first time. While on the plane from Beirut I thought about the hassle I went through to get the visa. I thought, Egypt is one hour away from Beirut yet it took me 3 weeks and a pile of papers in order to be permitted to visit a place just one hour away from me. Later, in Egypt, I discovered that its even worse for Egyptians wanting to visit Lebanon; the requirements by the Lebanese embassy makes it impossible for low-income Egyptians to think about applying.
After the first few hours in Cairo the visa burdens were forgotten, three days later I was glad I took the hassle. While walking the streets of Egypt, from Cairo to Alexandria, my eyes didn’t stop scanning and registering the transformation of public space(s) post, the ousted dictator, Mubarak and the ongoing revolution. The abundance, depth, and aesthetic revolutionary expressions of graffiti got me hooked. Here is a selection of the many photos my camera-phone snapped while roaming the streets of Egypt.