from the Jockey Internet Cafe

So the past few days since my arrival in Cairo have been jammed packed. Maybe the longest and shortest 48 hours of my life. I live in a flat in Agouza (a district of Cairo) with 6 other girls. The are three of us in my room–Liz is from Michgan and got engaged four days ago so she’s in for quite the emotional adventure. My second roommate Claire, who fully embraces being a child of the 80’s, is from Georgia, but goes to school at Northwestern in MN. I think we’re going to have a wonderful semster. The program emphasizes the community here and I anticipate enjoying this environment greatly. Classes start next week, but for now we are getting the hang of living and functioning in the city.

Yesterday we visited a mosque for Friday prayers and had endless meetings filled with information that very few of our jet-lagged memories will be able to recall. Last night, after some confusion, I managed to communicate to my Aunt Amani where my flat is and she picked me up for a short visit with my grandparents. It was fabulous to see them and in case anyone was wondering their Christmas tree really is a sight to behold.

Tonight is dinner at Khan el Kahlili and whirling derivishes…I’ll keep you posted.

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7 responses to “from the Jockey Internet Cafe

  1. monica

    dude, heck yah for being in egypt. you are missed already. our state went into upheavel at your absence and decided to try to freeze itself to death to get you to come home so have fun but don’t stay away too long (wink). love you…

  2. Nawal Ghali

    Hey Marcia May,
    I can’t believe you are walking the streets that your dad and I roamed when we were your age. It gives me great joy to know that our stomping grounds will be familiar territory for you, and I long to relive with you and show you around and be your guide. Make the most of every day, take it all in and cherish your heritage. I love you more then words can say. Mommy

  3. Anonymous

    Marcia,
    We miss you!!! It will be good to read your updates and hear what you are up to. Today on Sesame Street (yeah, yeah, yeah), Grover went to Egypt. Hannah and I talked about how that is where you are! He goes somewhere different every day, just so you know. 🙂 But it was pretty cool that he choose Egypt and we just happen to know some cool people from there!
    We love you!!! Josh, Sarah, Hannah, and baby

  4. Anonymous

    hello marcia! so good to hear you are doing great! i can’t wait to hear about all your adventures. today in bib lit 2, we were studying a map of the middle east and britt and i looked at it and both pointed to Egypt and said “marface!” and then we both made pouty, sad faces. we miss you marcia and think of you lots. love you beautiful! -s.fo

  5. Anonymous

    Claire is from Minneosta?? I knew I liked that girl. 🙂
    Marcia,just so you know you are constantly on my mind as I slave away making lattes for wealthy suburban soccer moms.
    Love love love- your eternal, immutable flatmate.

  6. Anonymous

    Claire is from Minneosta?? I knew I liked that girl. 🙂
    Marcia,just so you know you are constantly on my mind as I slave away making lattes for wealthy suburban soccer moms.
    Love love love- your eternal, immutable flatmate.

  7. Anonymous

    sorry for the excessive posting. I’m not really sure what happened…
    -bg

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