Photos from Zamalek!

Here is a slide show of the activities I’ve been doing with the residence halls of the American University of Cairo, I may be able to fill in the details later but some of the activities include:

– My dad dropping me off at the dorm
– My dorm room in Zamalek
– Another trip to Khan el Khalili
– A falluca ride on the Nile
– Dinner and dance show with Nubian, Sudanese, Saiidi, Alexandrian, and Sufi dancing

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More Cabaret and some disapointment…

I survived! I guess it was inevitable to not be sick when traveling to another country…Before leaving, the health center at Georgia Tech prescribed me some ‘traveler’s medicine’ for situations like this. That was my lifeline!

After a day and a half of staying in bed, I was finally well enough to go out again. We had initially made reservations at the Semeramis, but we called and they said Dina (nor any other dancer) was dancing tonight. For LE1000 per seat, I wasn’t about to pay that much and not see some dancing. So after calling…

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Khan el-Khalili

8-18-2008

Birthday day. After a fun evening/ early morning partying, my dad and I hit Khan el-Khalili – the largest market for shopping in Cairo. I’ll be visiting this area often, although always with an Arabic speaker! I let my dad wheel and deal for most of the time. Khan el-Khalili is full of merchants selling mostly gift items. Any belly dance or musical instrument on the street seemed to be low quality. We did however find some jewels. Our first purchase was from a man who collected photos of Egypt and Egyptian culture. I picked up about…

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An Egyptian Cabaret

8-18-2008

My birthday. Last night was truly an experience. Mahmoud, our driver, recommended a ‘mid-level’ cabaret for my dad and I to go to. The club was on a boat on the Nile that was permanently docked. In fact, we didn’t realize it was a boat until some waves made the whole place rock back and forth about 2 hours into our evening.

We saw 6 different acts that night, I can’t remember them all in detail, but I will list them. Each act had a different band, as the evening progressed, the bands became bigger, and…

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First day in Cairo!

8-17-2008

First day in Cairo! I survived! I’m in another world so different than my own. We got into Cairo airport around 4 am. I had my visa already, and baba had to get one. Never the less, I was questioned if I were really American because of my name and of my family’s name. I’m not quite sure what I would do if my dad wasn’t there with me…

From what I can see, Egyptians have a complete lack of caring for any bureaucracy, my kind of people. If you know someone, or speak like you…

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Frankfurt and Heidelberg

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It’s 4:30 PM Frankfurt time…not sure when I slept last. Our flight left Atlanta on 6:30 PM on Friday; we arrived in Frankfurt around 9:30 AM, just in time for a tour to Heidelberg. The village and castle were lovely, my dad and I were just ridiculously tired. After the tour, we came back to the airport to wait yet another 6 hours before our connecting flight to Cairo, where we will land around 3:30 AM. My dad is with me for the first week for Cairo. We have a flat in New…

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