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Alcohol, well, quality alcohol was not easy to come by in Egypt. The only way to get branded spirits or non Egyptian wine was upon entering the country, or to bring it from abroad. There were all sorts of rules too: you could buy 4 bottles at duty free upon arrival, but if you didn't buy a bottle at the airport, you could only get 3 bottles max. There was a small duty free shop within walking distance from the apartment, so this is where we would go to get our 3 other bottles, as they had a far better selection than the airport. You had to buy within 48 hour of arrival in the country, and you could only do this a maximum of 4 times a year. These rules also changed occasionally. So everytime we left Egypt and returned, there was huge strategizing as to what needed replenishing in the kitchen cupboard bar. Campari, Aperol, Baileys, and tequila were all considered standards, but the most important thing was to make sure we had enough gin. I think at one point we had 6 kinds of gin in the apartment. But let me tell you, on a hot Egyptian night, sitting on the balcony to get some air (air quality notwithstanding), nothing, I repeat, NOTHING tastes better than a gin and tonic.