A few things: 1. Feteer and koshary are delicious. 2. The curbs in much of Cairo are very tall. 3. Zamalek is a wealthy neighborhood in Cairo with a football team. 4. Hibiscus tea is good. 5. The Valley of the Kings in Luxor is really impressive. 6. Khan el-Khalili is a delightful tourist trap. 7. It got its independence from Britain in July 1952, or at least that's what the bridges are named for. 8. After three thousand years there is still a north-south divide.