Slam Poetry and Fish Gardens!
WOW. TRANSLATED EGYPTIAN SLAM POETRY. I hope I am in town for this, but between final papers and a postponed trip to Alexandria, I'm not sure if this is going to happen. Keep your fingers crossed for me.
Favorite place in Cairo at this moment: Aquarium Grotto Garden. The first thing someone might tell you about this garden, commonly known as "The Fish Garden," is that there aren't many fish there. A few feeble aquariums, some crocodiles, and some pickled creatures in jars. What people won't tell you is that half the park is a huge grotto! As in a huge man-made stalactite-y cave complex, complete with a colony of bats! I went with the only other science major (biology!) in my program, so we nerded out for maybe an hour watching the bats. While we watched them, a man came up to us and asked if we wanted a cappuccino or tea. He had a nice shirt and a little notepad and everything.
My response: "No, thank you."
"This is cafeteria. What do you want to order?"
"... This is a cafeteria? There is bat poop on the ground."
"Yes," (oh, language gap, sometimes you are beautifully hilarious) "What would you like?"
I just laughed, "No, thank you," again to him and he realized that his poorly thought out scam wouldn't work on these white girls. There were also some pretty magnificent trees that grow down as well as up. It is my quest to find out what kind of trees those are!