This massive governmental building is located on Tahrir Square and is where tourists go to extend their visas. The visa-extension process is notorious for taking hours, if not days. Some expats avoid the trouble by paying (a very cheap) fine before leaving the country. But I think that the long waits, crowded halls, endless stairs, and commotion of the Mogamma offer a fascinating glimpse into the functionings of Egyptian bureaucracies.
Cairo and Egypt April 26th 2012 Day one in Cairo: Got caught in a swarm of men running with batons while I foolishly walked around Tahrir Square at midnight. Day two: Went to a bizarre party where young activists veiled themselves and got drunk as a way of mocking the Muslim Brotherhood. Day seven: Joined thousands of peaceful demonstrators in Tahrir Square for the Jan.25 anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. Their presence wa ... read more