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The Bansyon’s regulars

To follow up on my earlier entry in the Tahrir Diaries, I’ve dedicated this post to some of the Bansyon el Horreya regulars. Because not only was the Bansyon my home, it was also the meeting point of many revolutionaries. They got me food, they got me news. If it wasn’t for the people who showed up almost every single day to remind us all that we’re doing something right, we could’ve given up.

I only have a few photos and therefore couldn’t include everyone. If you’re a regular guest at the Bansyon, please send me your photo and I’ll add it below.

Waleed & I, the co-founders

Waleed & I, the co-founders

Mammy & Tant Maha - Godmothers of the Bansyon

Mammy & Tant Maha - Godmothers of the Bansyon and the revolutionaries

Nora el Amoura, was there more than the Bansyon itself

Nora el Amoura, was there more than the Bansyon itself

Rad-1, Quessny, and Boogie's head

Rad-1, Quessny, and Boogie's head (bottom) during a strategic meeting

Ali Atef, Godfather of the revolution

Ali Atef, Godfather of the revolution and owner of a competing 'guest house' by Galaa square.

Boobie, the revolution's smile

Boobie, the revolution's smile

Dief, Ziad & Taher stayed the night once, and visited

Dief, Ziad & Taher stayed the night once, and visited

Alfy, superstar comrade of the revolution

Alfy, superstar comrade of the revolution

Sandoos Shabayek, The women behind the revolution

Sandoos Shabayek, The women behind the revolution

I love Rowan el Shimi

I love Rowan el Shimi

Sarah's World, walla eh?

Sarah in Sarah's World, walla eh?

Atwan and Quessny, fighters till the bitter end

Atwan and Quessny, fighters till the bitter end

Hatemation coordinating the game plan

Hatemation coordinating the game plan

As el Che says, “A real revolutionary goes where he is needed.” Whether it’s demonstrating, covering events, moral support, sharing information, or even just talking about issues that are normally of little or no interest to the Egyptian people, participating in the revolution can be carried out in a plethora of ways.

Each and every one of Bansyon el Horreya’s visitors gave me hope and reason for optimism. Without the constant visits, there would’ve been doubts. But no. We are all in this together, one way or another, and that within itself is a true demonstration of the revolutionary Egyptian spirit.

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16 comments

Nevsh

March 14, 2011

i’m so jealous. wish i were there too

Tarek Shalaby

March 14, 2011

You participated in your own way, and you did what you can do from so far away. Moreover, you witnessed the taking down of the Bansyon!

Thank you, though.

SouSou

March 14, 2011

NICEEEEE ya Shalaby!:)

This post is my favorite. :)

Tarek Shalaby

March 14, 2011

Thanks ya SouSou! Send me your picture with the Bansyon if you want so that I can add it.

Nevsh

March 14, 2011

hopefully you will eventually add the “grand finale” and I should be there.. ;)

keep the posts coming and soon I’ll be able to read it all from my HTC inspire!! e7das 3alany..

SouSou

March 14, 2011

Read my articles FIRST and I will send you ” My pictures ” folder! not just the Bansy pic!:) lol

Reham

March 15, 2011

Am so in love with your writing u let me feel every thing like I was there great keep it up
Brother !!

Sarah

March 15, 2011

Another great post. Was honored to have been a Bansyon visitor. Also, glad you used a couple of my pictures :)

M Radwan

March 15, 2011

The hosts were all about sharing. The ideas, the spirit, the tent(depending on nightly bookings), koshary, the sandwiches, soda pop, and the lobby/reception.

Even when all the other neighbors encroached on the lobby area and turned into major passing route through the tahrir geneina, they were generous and would not block it so that Revolutionaries could pass. Nice guys.

“No Pasaran!” …except for Revolutionaries

sherif el alfy

March 15, 2011

its an honor to have served with u colonel shalaby in tahreer battlefield

Heba El-Sherif

March 15, 2011

Yala soda pops f Sourya!

Tarek Shalaby

March 15, 2011

Nevsh: You were mentioned in a couple of posts, right? Your photo’s in the last post.

SouSou: 7ader wallahi, the email is starred!

Reham: Thank you very much!

Sarah: Yeah, I hope you don’t mind I used a couple of your photos! hehe. Thanks.

Rad-1: That’s right! You need to relay that spirit to Soria and set up a Bansyon there yabnel balad!

Alfy: Hasta la victoria siempre, comandante! I’ll always remember that our friendship and struggle against the regime took place at the Bansyon. And this is only the beginning!

Boobie: 3eib 3aleik! That’s be HAPPENING! Bansyon el Horreya needs to start opening new branches.

SouSou

March 16, 2011

Guess who is starred too :D? Tarek shalaby!
“the email is starred!” ? Unbelievable , I have the documentary with me and I was going to give you a copy which by the way includes your name ( special thanks to you and couple of friends ) bas all I can say now , Your starred.

marwa farag

March 29, 2011

enta wahmya ana 3ayza wa7d zayak 3aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :`(

Taher El-Shafei

March 29, 2011

Thanks Tarek for hosting us on that freezing night. I really missed those days:)

Taher El-Shafei

March 29, 2011

Thanks Tarek for hosting us on that freezing night. It was my best night throughout the revolution days. Thanks Buddy.

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