With the arrival of ANIMAL photographer and Egyptian cultural attache Aymann Ismail this weekend — I flew out Wednesday — our “Holiday in Cairo” coverage comes to an end. But first some highlights. There was our first night. My brief stint as a Tahrir merchant. Tear gas on Sunday. A town hall of sorts. Nighttime tear gas. A packed square. Daytime tear gas and fire! Gangsta kittens. Portraits of Egyptians being Egyptians. And lastly… graffiti.

As for the photo above, that is the tip of the Great Pyramid. Apparently it’s not a good idea to go visit the ancient site on horseback at 6:30am when you have to catch a flight that morning and must navigate Cairo’s notoriously dense traffic to get to the airport. So, after riding leisurely out to an elevated bluff to see the massive structures, by the time we smoked and drank tea with the Bedouins, we had to rush out of there and essentially miss the sun revealing one of the greatest wonders of the world. Until next time, Giza! (Photo: Bucky Turco/ANIMALNewYork)