19 juin 2011

Les sirènes du port d'Alexandrie...

  In my desperate attempt to see everything I can in Egypt before I f*** off for good – oh yes, I can’t wait! – Marie-Eve, Mario and I went to Alexandria last weekend, as none of us had ever been there and it’s meant to be a cool Egyptian city... Well at least, it’s got history. Anyway, what was meant to be a lovely day trip ended up being a nightmare! We first turned up at Cairo train station at eight o’clock that sunny Friday morning to buy tickets for the nine o’clock train, as many colleagues had told us we didn’t need to... [Lire la suite]
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07 juin 2011

I'm just a gigolo and everywhere I go...

  Over the Easter holidays, my mother came to visit. I was really happy to see her and looking forward to our planned holiday cruise on the Nile for the next five days. When she first arrived in Cairo, I took her to a silver shop where many of my colleagues and I usually go to get some presents for people. What a mistake! My mother is so difficult to please when it comes to jewellery, and she can be so tactless sometimes. Even though I’m not their best client, the salespeople know me and I was so ashamed of my mother’s comments,... [Lire la suite]
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21 avril 2011

All my people on the floor...

Now, you may wonder what happened after my trip to Mount Sinai – or not. Well, I’ll tell you anyway. As Mubarak resigned and things started to get back to normal in Cairo, our school reopened. Isabelle, my flatmate, came back from Canada on Friday 25 February, only to pack her bags and leave for good the next week, as she had experienced modern civilisation back home and couldn’t stand to come back to chaos and dirt. I couldn’t really blame her, even though I was quite sad to say goodbye to my shortest flat share to date – 1 month!... [Lire la suite]
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08 avril 2011

There's always gonna be another mountain...

So where was I ?... Oh Yes, our trip to Dahab! What a great experience… When we arrived at our hotel on Tuesday 8 February, there were about ten guests, it felt like we had the whole place to ourselves… Because of what was happening in Cairo, tourists had fled and the hotel staff were feeling quite down. We even found out that most of the employees had been sent home. It was a weird feeling. However, the place was gorgeous and there wasn’t a single kid in the swimming pool… Bonus!        On Wednesday 9... [Lire la suite]
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18 novembre 2010

If we took a holiday...

I’ve just come back from fantastic holidays in the Western desert, between Egypt and Libya. Marie, Marie-Christine, Mario and I started with El Alamein – where the Second World War famous battle took place. All the cemeteries and battle remains are quite depressing there but the Mediterranean seaside is gorgeous and you feel like you’re in some Caribbean island. Just for info, our guide told us that, to this day, Great Britain and Germany still refuse to pay for the mine clearance programme, which means a shocking 17 million landmines... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2010

If I could turn back time...

Yesterday morning, I was picking up my laundry from the rack outside my window, when I dropped a pair of funky boxer shorts – you know, the silvery silky ones – which happened to end up on my downstairs neighbour’s rack. I was facing a dilemma: going straight away – at 7am! – to my neighbour’s to ask for my underwear, or wait until I come back from school – at 3pm... I obviously went for the second option, as I could already picture the awkward situation of me asking a complete stranger for my shiny boxer shorts... so there I was, at... [Lire la suite]
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13 septembre 2010

Sweet dreams are made of this...

Last weekend has been quite nice: on Friday, Marie-Eve, Mario and I went to a hotel for a bit of sunbathing around a pool. Oh yes, you might wonder why the hell we went to a hotel for this... Well, just because in Cairo, there’s no such thing as a local swimming pool. You either have to join a gym - which I’ll probably end up doing once I get my first salary; I actually saw one near my flat with a rooftop swimming pool, how cool is that?! - or you just have  to go to a hotel and pay a fee if you want to bathe around and get a... [Lire la suite]
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08 septembre 2010

It's Oh so quiet...

The last days have been very quiet, as I've been attending inset days at my new school... Well, looking back at all the adventures I had, I guess this is not a bad thing that my life's not as eventful at the moment. I'm really scared about this school year, as I'll be teaching subjects I've never taught before and I don't know my students yet. It's all very stressful, but people seem to be quite supportive. We'll see... As there's nothing new in my life, I'm just going to post some pics from last weekend, when I explored Cairo with... [Lire la suite]
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31 août 2010

Walk like an Egyptian...

Yes! Score! Yesterday, two - yes, TWO! - Egyptians came to me in the street and asked for directions in Arabic. Can you believe it?! I'm definitely part of this city, I look like one of them! So cool!... Well, maybe not... It might keep me safe from tourist scams though... How cynical of me! Yesterday was a good day, kind of. I didn't see Mahmoud (Aww, shame...) but I went to the British Council where - after yet another hour waiting - I was told it would take at least two weeks to get my PGCE certificate stamped...!?!?!? What do they... [Lire la suite]
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