Flying Umbrellas & Evil Birds – Cairo, Egypt

While doing research on things to do in Cairo, I stumbled across a blog that listed Cave Church in Garbage City as one of the hidden gems, so I quickly added it to my itinerary. I planned to visit it on a Sunday while I was there which was not the wisest decision considering it is an active church.


After having some breakfast, I requested an Uber & made my way to the church. I was staying at a hostel in Giza so it was a long drive. A very long drive. The Uber driver was very friendly & as we got near the church, he expressed concern for my safety. This is how the conversation went:

Him: “I wait for you. You pay.”

Me: “No, thank you. I’ll find my way back.”

Him: “If I go, you get stuck.”

Me: “Pardon?”

Him: “No Uber here!”

Me: “That’s okay, I’ll be fine.”

Him: “Take care yourself here.”

At this point he had stopped the car & I had paid him.

Me: “Is it that dangerous here?”

Him (Shouting): “Take care yourself here!”

I smiled & got out the car, his words were playing over & over in my head.

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The outside of the church


The church is built partially in a large cave & is truly magnificent, I don’t understand why it isn’t more of an attraction. As mentioned, I was there on a Sunday morning & services were taking place so out of respect, I didn’t spend long hanging around or take pictures inside. It really is spectacular though.


I was ready to move on to what I had planned next, but the Uber driver was right. No Uber here. The streets in Garbage City are narrow & void of taxis. On Google Maps, I saw Al Azhar Park was within walking distance & I would probably find transport there. So I began to walk.


The distance of the walk wasn’t actually that far, probably 4 kilometres or so, but because the streets wind & turn, are very uneven & are unbelievably dirty, it took much longer than I expected. As it was approaching midday, the temperature was rising & I hadn’t packed water. Rookie move, I know.


When I got to the park, I saw there was a restaurant & needed something to drink so decided now was a good time for lunch. The restaurant had quite a good view of the park & the Cairo Citadel so I asked to sit outside.

View of the park with the Citadel on the horizon


I placed my order & I noticed the staff had placed lots of those outdoor umbrellas with concrete bases out all over, creating plenty of shade. I noticed two other things at this point – the wind was picking up & lots of birds were flying around.


My drinks arrived & the waiter poured two glasses of water & one of a soft drink… for one person. Anyway, the wind really started blowing hard & the big umbrella just in front of my table gained some momentum & without giving me time to stop it, it came down right on the table. The three glasses & two bottles going in five different directions. Again, I was the red faced, embarrassed tourist.


After the clean up & the stares from locals had ended, I got my lunch & started eating. Egyptian food is absolutely delicious & completely underrated. I say this based on the other meals I had, because I only got halfway through this meal. Remember those birds? As I was cutting into another piece of meat, one of them let out a runny one that landed right in the middle of the plate & splashed everything on it.


Take care yourself. I guess that means making sure your food is not a target for flying umbrellas or flying turds.

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The amazing looking meal which became a target for the birds

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  1. Oh man, I can imagine how embarrassed you must have been, first with the umbrella, then with the birds. Those things happen, but afterwards you can shrug them off and laugh about them. Hopefully.

    How nice to know that there is a church in Cairo that is fully operational. From what I hear coming out of Egypt, it sounds like Christians are persecuted there. But from this post, it doesn’t seem like this particular church was under much of a threat. Did you notice anything of the sort while you were there?

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    1. The church I speak about here is reportedly the biggest church in the Middle East – can’t confirm that though. I didn’t notice any persecution, in fact, the Sunday I was there families were walking to the church with their children all dressed for confirmation. If persecution was a threat, I don’t think they would display milestones of their faith like that.

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  2. Great post! I feel your pain. I got plopped on right on the head in London and had to go wash my hat and coat out in a snooty museum bathroom. Then they made me pay for a plastic bag to put my wet things in!

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    1. I had done research before leaving so I didn’t feel worried, but on my way I began stressing & when I landed, I found out I would there during elections & that was terrifying for a few minutes. Otherwise, I was fine. I had absolutely no issues whatsoever & I actually felt safer there than I do at home.

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  3. I loved Egypt even if i went over 10 years ago. We were offered a horse back ride along the river nile… In reality i had a donkey and my mum and i had no saddles. Still an amazing experience i remember vividly!

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  4. Hey Dan, thanks for visiting and liking my blog. Your adventure in Egypt sounds awesome. Shame about the bird not respecting your food. Interested to know whether it WAS that dangerous in Garbage City since your Uber driver feared so for your safety.

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    1. Thank you for reading 🙂 Garbage City was not dangerous, in my experience. I thought quite a bit about his concern & I think he was more concerned about beggars & touts. You have to bare in mind that part of Cairo is like the slums in India, those people have nothing & will only see money when you walk by. Having said that,no one bothered me or asked me for anything.


  5. Hey Dan, sounds like you know how to make an entrance! The bird situation isn’t ideal, but hey, if that’s and the umbrella are the most dangerous things on your travel, you’ve already won! 🙂

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  6. I don’t know whether to laugh or not. It seems such a shame that your day was full of catastrophe! I don’t understand why people say that bird poo is lucky.
    Nice to read an honest travel blog though. Looking forward to reading more.

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    1. Please go ahead & laugh! I have never understood the luck connection to bird poo either hahaha
      Thank you for taking time to read my post. Fortunately for my readers, I’ve had these “catastrophe” moments many times while traveling so I have plenty of these type of posts lined up for you to enjoy 🙂

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  7. Hilarious and totally unexpected! Hmm…now that I have read most of your posts I wonder why and how come you find yourself in such funny and hilarious situations! Guess Im too careful a Traveller…how come I don’t have such funny incidents to narrate Dan? Jokes apart, despite all the bumbling blunders , you seem to be taking it all in your stride and laugh it off and that makes you the best kind of Traveller there is…wishing you many, many more travels!

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  8. So funny, Dan.

    It probably wasn’t that funny at the time. But sounds like you are able to take life lightly and laugh at the experience.

    I love traveling but have never been out of the states. Adventure is awesome. I look forward to reading more about your travel experiences and live vicariously through you. LOL

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    1. Hi, definitely try make it there sooner rather than later. The tourist numbers aren’t that high so there aren’t huge crowds & things are cheaper, I predict their tourism will pick up again & everything will go up. Egypt is such an amazing place. Thanks for taking time to read this post😊

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  9. Thank you for seeking out the unusual, a place off the beaten tourist path. I was sort of attacked by seagulls in Morocco once. The gulls were fighting over a fish and I was somehow in the way.

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