K: Kiosk or Kushk

Your one-stop shop for cigarettes and snacks – a kiosk, or kushk as it’s called in Arabic. You’ll find these small shops on numerous street corners in Cairo and other cities in Egypt.  You can purchase soft drinks, chocolate, phone cards, batteries,  matches, gum, dice, shampoo, laundry soap…and other random items depending on who stocked the shelves! Besides providing items for sale – and a little bit of shade – kiosks are popular meeting and gathering places for young people in Cairo.  I took this photo on an early Friday morning in Ma’adi – a quiet time without many people out and about yet.

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