Twice in one day. I must be avoiding packing.
Happy Sinai Liberation Day. You think I’m kidding–its a national holiday. In 1973 Sadat signed a peace with Israel and got the Sinai back; later he was shot for it. Ironic how peace works around here. Word on the street has it that Mubarak gave a seven hour speech today concerning the momentous event. Wish I could’ve been there.
Actually, this weekend I was at a Coptic retreat center about an hour outside of Cairo called Anafora. Saturday, was maybe one of the best days of my life. All my essays were finished and I could do nothing to plan for the next stage of life. Anafora is so granola, as Claire would say. They grow their own food, all completely organic, so that they don’t have to buy bread that is subsidized by superpowers that will remain unnamed. We stayed in rooms that are shaped so that they stay cool in the day time and warm at night. Chelsea, Dina and I shared a bed that was covered by a mosquito net and pretended that we were jungle princesses. They don’t use electricty, just candles. I did get eaten alive by mosquitos before I got in bed the first night, but I suppose that’s the price you have to pay. We finished reading The Little Prince, and I decided that I never want to become like the grown-ups. I wish you could all come to Anafora with me; this is a place that will live in my memory representing a moment of peace.
Tommorow about half of the group will get on a plane to America and we will say a goodbye that doesn’t have an “I’ll see you when” on the other end. We’re planning a reunion at my house someday, because I’m Egyptian and we can eat Bilila every morning at my house. After that my daddy and sister are coming. Yesss, I can wait to see them. My adventure isn’t over though, my sister is joining me and six of my friends in a journey to the “other middle eastern country”. Next Sunday I’ll celebrate my second Easter of this year in Jerusalem. Did you know the Eastern and Western churches celebrate Easter on different days? They do.
Its time to go now. There are words to say, movies to watch, and things to pack. I just thought I’d drop a note and give you a reason to celebrate today–I mean the Sinai is as good a reason as any.