10 Things To Do During The Curfew

Minutes after the curfew ended in Cairo yesterday

Minutes after the curfew ended in Cairo yesterday

The streets are empty,  shops are closed, the only souls on the streets are those of the Military. This isn’t a zombie invasion: this is a curfew.  

Instead of being glued to your television sets, watching your favourite host reveal new information on the endless chaos Egypt is witnessing, there are many more ways to escape the politics and actually enjoy being stuck at home from 7pm each night. So, here are 10 things you can do to make the most of your long hours spent at home.

By Farah Khairat, contributor,

1.) Work out at home; now this might not sound like much fun, but since it’s summer and everyone slacks off during summer, this is a great way to get in shape while you have the time! Whether you have an Android or an iPhone, workout apps are available on both, or even just check a few work out videos on youtube. If you’re too lazy to do that, just blast some nice music and dance to it, it may seem like nothing, but it’ll actually release endorphins, which will make you feel better, and you’ll also burn off a few calories!


2.) Adopt a new hobby; whether it’s singing, dancing, writing, playing an instrument, drawing, reading, maybe even just playing video games, hobbies are always a good way to pass the time, you may even find that you are talented with one of your hobbies!


3.) Have a sleepover with a friend; no matter what the situation is, if you have a friend with you, it’s always a lot more entertaining than if you are by yourself. Ask your friend to come over go to a friends a few hours before curfew and spend the night with them. However, please be aware of your safety and make sure your parents and your friend’s parents agree to this and accept the responsibility.


4.) Watch TV series/shows or movies; this is the perfect time to find a new TV series to watch (maybe even multiple if you run out of episodes to watch). TV series and shows are a very good way to get your mind off things, maybe even re-watch an oldie such as Friends! Movies are also a lovely idea, with friends, and with family. Pick a few nice movies and make some popcorn, get comfortable on the couch, and enjoy the rest of your night! You won’t even believe how quickly time goes by when you’re watching something.   


5.) Bake; baking is always a good idea. Cookies, cakes, maybe even traditional Egyptian deserts like Kunafa and Basbousa! If you don’t have a cookbook or a recipe, don’t stress, the internet is a wonderful place. You can bake for yourself, or you could bake for your family and friends. If your desert is successful you will get compliments about your baking, and as silly as it may seem, it will put you in a better mood! If you’re more into cooking than baking, make your family a nice meal, they’ll appreciate it, even if it tastes dreadful.


Do you not just want to eat this right now? Go make it!

6.) Decorate your room; if you feel like your room is missing something, and you’ve been saying you were going to change it up one day, now’s the time! This is also a perfect opportunity to clean and organise your room, while also having a little bit of fun with it. However, make sure to put some fun music on so that you don’t get bored and give up easily.


7.) Clean out your closet; go through your clothes, do you really need that sweater that doesn’t fit you anymore? Or those jeans that you don’t like? Maybe even a pair of shoes that aren’t your size! Why are those items still in your cupboard? If you’re one of those people who doesn’t have any more space in their cupboard, take the things you don’t need anymore and donate them! There are many people who would be very grateful and would use them a lot better than you would. Do something to help make a change, it may not seem like much, but it means a lot to them.


8.) Get an early night sleep; now although Egyptians aren’t the kind to go to bed at 9, why not give it a try? You will wake up earlier, feeling more refreshed and you will also get to go out for a longer period of time before curfew!


9.) Learn something new; there are many websites in which you can take online courses! Or you could do it the old fashion way, and get someone to teach you. There are so many new things to learn out there, like languages, culture, arts and crafts, maybe even learn how to play an instrument!


10.) Organise events to help better society; although you can’t exactly do these things currently, once the curfew is over, it would be a nice contribution to simply meet up with a few friends and help clean up a few streets, or maybe even plant a couple of trees. Or if you see a stray animal, contact the SPARE animal shelter. These may seem like they won’t do much, but if you sit there waiting for a change it won’t just come, you have to be the one to make a change.


12 Comments on 10 Things To Do During The Curfew

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  5. A nice article to read rather than all the dreary “news”. After I read the article, I realized that I had unintentionally documented 10 Things that Occupied My Time during this last week of curfew. Here ya go:


  6. Nicola Camurri // August 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm // Reply

    Reblogged this on Sophia Dalla Notte and commented:

    Here the Italian translation for our Italian audience. We like to share your article with Italian people:
    Le strade sono vuote, i negozi chiusi, per le strade non c’è anima viva eccezion fatta per i militari. Non è un’invasione di zombie: questo è un coprifuoco.
    Invece di incollarsi il sedere di fronte alla televisione, guardando il tuo conduttore preferito raccontare del caos infinito di cui l’Egitto è testimone, ci sono molti modi per sfuggire alla politica e divertirsi nell’essere bloccati in casa dalle 19 di ogni sera.

    By Farah Khairat, contributor, (Trad. Ita. Nicola Camurri)
    1.) FARE ESERCIZIO; questo potrebbe non risultare divertente ma, siccome è estate e tutti battono la fiacca durante l’estate, questo è un ottimo modo per tornare in forma avendo del tempo! Inoltre con gli Android o gli iPhone , sono disponibili delle app di allenamento, oppure puoi guardare dei video su YouTube. Se sei troppo pigro, accendi la musica e balla, può sembrare poco, ma permette di rilasciare le endolfine – che ti farà sentire meglio – e bruciare delle calorie!

    2.) INIZIARE UN HOBBY; che si tratti di cantare, danzare, scrivere, suonare uno strumento, disegnare, o anche solo di giocare ai video giochi, gli hobby sono un buon modo di passare il tempo, potresti pure scopire di avere talento in uno dei tuoi hobby!

    3.) FERMARSI A DORMIRE CON UN AMICO; non importa in che situazione sei, se hai un amico con te, è sempre molto più divertente che startene per i fatti propri. Chiedi ad un amico (o a più amici) di passare da te poche ore prima del coprifuoco e passate la notte insieme. State però attenti alla sicurezza e accertatevi che i vostri famigliari siano d’accordo e informati.

    4.) GUARDARE LA TV; è un ottimo momento per trovare nuove serie tv da guardare. La tv è un ottimo modo per staccare il cervello, forse puoi riguardare anche roba datata come Friends! Anche i film sono un’ottima idea, con gli amici e in famiglia. Prendete alcuni film, preparate il pop-corn, riassettate il divano e divertitevi per il resto della notte! Non avete idea di come passi in fretta il tempo guardando la tv.

    5.) CUCINARE: cucinare è sempre una buona idea. Biscotti, torte, forse anche dolci tipici egiziani come Kunafa e Basmousa! Se non hai un libo di ricette, non stressarti, Iternet è fantastico! Cucina per te o per i tuoi cari. Se il dolce è buono riceverai dei complimenti per la tua cucina e, anche se può sembrare stupido, questo ti renderà di buon umore!

    Non hai voglia di mangiare qualcosa? Cucinatelo!

    6.) DECORARE LA PROPRIA STANZA; se pensI che alla tua stanza manchi qualcosa è il momento di cambiare! É il momento ideale per pulire e organizzare la tua stanza, inotre divertendosi. Metti un po’ di musica così da non annoiarti ed arrenderti subito.

    7.) SISTEMRE LE PROPRIE COSE; Prendi i tuoi vestiti, hai davvero bisogno di quel maglione che non ti sta più? O di quei jeans che non ti piacciono? Forse anche di quelle scarpe che non sono della tua taglia! Perché queste cose sono ancora nel tuo armadio? Se sei una di quelle persone che non hanno più spazio, prendi le cose che non ti servono più e donale! Ci sono molte persone che te ne sarebbero grate e che le userebbero molto meglio di come faresti tu. Fai qualcosa che aiuti il cambiamento, può sembrati poco ma significherebbe molto per loro.

    8.) ANDARE A LETTO PRESTO; Nonostante gli egiziani non siano soliti andare a lettoalle 21, perché non provare? Ti sveglierai prima – sentendoti più riposato – e potrai stare fuori per un periodo più lungo prima del coprifuoco!

    9.) IMPARARE QUALCOSA DI NUOVO; ci sono numerosi siti per seguire dei corsi on line! O potresti fare alla vecchia maniera trovando qualcuno che ti insegni. Ci sono così tante cose da imparare, lingue, culture, arti e mestieri forse addirittura a suonare uno strumento!

    10.) ORGANIZZARE EVENTI PER MIGLIORARE LA SOCIETÀ; anche se non puoi realizzarli in questo momento, quando il coprifuoco sarà finito, potrebbe essere un buon contributo incontrarti con alcuni amici ed aiutare a pulire le strade, oppure piantare qualche albero. Oppure se vedi un animale randagio, contattare il rifugio per animali.

    Queste sembrano piccole cose, ma se tu siedi aspettando un cambiamento questo non attiverà mai: devi essere tu quello che produce un cambiamento.


  7. heba sehsah // August 19, 2013 at 9:19 pm // Reply

    It’s not acoup but apopular revolution against the terrorists brotherhood we are the Egyptian people So Don’t support the terrorism


  8. I am doing most of the above. The builders and decorators have trashed my house actually. But nevermind my room will be awesome. Six bags of clothes went to Resala. I made up treasure bags for my great nieces of all the beads and junk I never got to restring. Gave them odd socks and stick on eyes to make puppets. ( Summer holidays) I made bread from a packet of whole wheat flour which sat in the fridge for a year. Doing the Jillian Micheals work out on YouTube the coach from the biggest loser. And doing a detox ( you need to stay home for that) 😉 I say leave the professional army and police to do their job. Besides the cream of society are coming to the surface to serve and help their country. Oh and I painted a picture too. And am organising all my recipes from scraps of paper I to a file.


  9. Reblogged this on Ned Hamson Second Line View of the News and commented:
    Posting a photo of a dessert that tasty and good looking is against the law in the state of mind I am in! Smile.


  10. Adopt the mantra “Let it begin with me!


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