Tomorrow marks the one month anniversary of my committed relationship with Egypt. I am getting sentimental as I sit drinking my tea (Egyptian style with too much sugar) on my balcony. I am nearing the end of the tin of cookies I bought on my way from the airport. I remember stumbling stupidly through the super market with Sherif, baffled at what exactly I might need to survive. I was immediately drawn to the tins of cookies, a favorite part of my first Egyptian host family’s home. I always called them tea cookies, but the can says “Butter Cookies.” I always associated this tea and cookies snack as an Egyptian phenomenon, but now, after a month long engagement with this cookie tin, I see that the brand is “Americana.”
I think I’m doing pretty good. I have survived happily living alone without any major meltdowns (knock on wood). I have been studying and I really love my school. I have seen my host family as much as possible. I have seen two/three major tourist destinations I didn’t get to see last time: The Black and White Desert, and Coptic Cairo. I have also visited a destination that wasn’t nearly as famous when I was here before: Tahrir Square. (I passed through today and bought a little flag on my way to renew my visa.) I have watched the Euro Cup at a wust el-balad (downtown) ‘ahwa (cafe), and I have ridden the metro. Six more months baby. I can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Posted by Starr at 12:33 PM