On Peeing Statues and Kafka

Nothing could set a better introductory to the -well- perfectly Kafkaesque setting of Franz Kafka’s Museum in Prague as David Cerny’s “Piss/Pee” Statue.


What on earth could be more welcoming than a couple of men pissing on a Czech Republic shaped pool!!

On his take on Art, Cerny says:
“Provocation is the amplified…uh…amplified reason why the art exists. What’s supposed to be called ‘art’ and not design has to have something behind. Has to have some message, whatever. Of course, it can have a static message. But it has to have a message, it’s not a ‘chair’.”

Well, you don’t have to agree or disagree with Cerny’s point of view..yet it is a fact that his works are remarkable.

The above statue draws lots and lots of tourists -not for the erotic notion I hope- around the Kafka’s morbid museum, even those who are not visiting the museum itself.

On a quick note: am totally prejudiced. Never liked Franz Kafka, and after visiting his museum I realized it is because he is the sole creator of his dilemma.
His “existential circle” could have been wider & less tragic but he inflicted much agony on his life for the sake of “literature” I suppose.

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A quick tour inside Abdeen Palace


Paris Gate: was intently constructed for Empress Eugene of France entrance during the Suez Canal opening ceremony.  Bas 3ashan el na2, the palace was opened 3 years after the ceremony 🙂


Supposedly a royal fountain outside the museum complex

100_6735lr1The Tea Kiosk: koshk el shay as they used to call it.

100_6688lrMausoleum of Sidi Badran : one usually don’t expect a mausoleum (ma2am) inside a once was royal residence, no?? the thing is the mausoleum was already on site before the palace’s construction and Khedive Ismail ordered the architects to incorporate it in the palace’s design.  Unfortunately it was closed for renovation, but I heard it is breathtaking.

100_6718lrMe likes 🙂

100_6732lrThe Music Kiosk: Koshk el Mosika, royalities lazem yes7o 3ala music tab3an mesh alarm clocks.

100_6728lrAt this point of the tour, gurads will start asking you to stop as you cannot get any closer :S and tab3an I SO wanted to explore further.

Beirut 2008

Sett el Deny 3an jad 😉

In Beirut, I loved sipping coffee early in the morning 3al corniche, in front of el raouche rock.  The walk from el 7amra to el raouche reminded me so much of strolling in Alex streets.  Unfortunately, didn’t manage to catch a sunset.  One of the things that I highly amdired in the city is the cleanliness, grabbing a shawerma sandwich from a little shop on the street guarantees not only a yummy bite but also a clean and intestines friendly one.  As for the people ba2a fa they are super friendly and cheerful, they make your day keda.  

Oh, and this silly joke about Lebanese guys…seriously, it is so not ture ;), ya3ni check out the airport bas.

I go now 😀

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Back with a flu


I Can’t really believe that I will have to wake up tomorrow morning and go to work!!! every single muscle and joint in my body hurts, and I have a sore throat… come on…I need a weekend 🙂

Anyway, the trip was super cool as expected…..getting consciously lost in there is just AWESOME.

Memorable moment: Sunset on Stanley Bridge, you know when the sun is really red and spreading those redish rays on the blue sky, and you just keep wondering how this spectacular surreal painting will just turn into dark black!!

Speaking of Stanley Bridge (this is a question to Askandarani & Hesham): would taking a cab from the bridge to Costa sound pretty unusaul??

The trip highlights:

– Breakfast @ the Brazilian Coffee…where the place has totally lost its essence…still you can figure out you are so close by its distinctive odor.

– Meeting Me , that was really cool 🙂

– Visited Cavafy’s house, the National Museum, the Greco Roman Museum.  Actually had the chance to watch a documentary “Mystery of the Nile” in the Library’s planetirium (speaking of which: don’t we have planeteriums in Cairo!!), then a quick tour in Shady Abdel Salam’s hall. 

Bas keda ba2a 🙂

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