The mosque and university - over a thousand
years old - is one of the oldest in the world. It is a center of Egyptian
learning and our first stop on an afternoon trek.
Wandering in through its cloistered
arches, we got a feeling of the rhythm of life. Away from the hustle and
bustle of the streets, learning and contemplation took front stage.
We were able, for a little baksheesh,
to climb up the stairway and look out over the rooftops of Cairo. Seeing
all the buildings crowded together got us excited about exploring more,
and we were soon off to the markets...