AND SO IT BEGINS
I feel like today my Egyptian life really starts! (For your reference, I am back at my apartment in Mohandessin). I have broken the boundary of fear and have begun to master my neighborhood! After class I went to an ‘ahwa with my German classmate. I finally made it to an ‘ahwa and enjoyed some tea and shisha. ‘ahwas are just great for talking about life, and talk about life we did! I am glad to have found a spot that is on my way home from Kalimat.
Then I met up a friend of a friend at Sphinx square and walked her to my house. She is an American interning at the American embassy. This was a double success in that I made a new friend very interested in exploring Cairo with me, and I also walked the whole distance from Kalimat to my house. It’s not a back walk at all. Maybe just over a mile. I think I am going to save a lot of money if I walk instead of taxi some days.
She and I talked about our adventures studying abroad and our mutual friend and then went out to a restaurant. I am very excited to learn my neighborhood and the local shops. There is a lot around. But one thing we didn’t find was a sweets shop. I really wanted to find her a stand that sells sugarcane juice, or the taffy Egyptians make from molasses, both of which she has never tried. I have found a “House of Doughnuts” near Kalimat though. The slogan boasts “the finest American pastries.” I found the doughnuts average, but still doughnuts and so still a nice treat.
I find myself desperately wanting a plant. I have my own house and a new life on my own. I have proven to myself that I can take care of myself, so now I need something to take care of. I have noticed several plant shops around. I am hesitant to purchase a plant because I have a few weekend trips coming up, but I have convinced myself that any plant I buy here should to be able to withstand a few days without water. What I REALLY want is a cactus, not because they are easy to take care of, but because I think they are fascinating and beautiful. One of my peers seemed to know a place to get a cactus but it I didn’t know where he was talking about, maybe I’ll ask some Egyptian friends about it. I have decided that my task for tomorrow is get a plant... and I really should do laundry too.
Posted by Starr at 3:22 PM