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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17 juin 2011

It sucks to be me...

  Now, the day my mother left, I realised how shit life is to me... Oh no, not because she left and I was sad about it, but because I had a “domestic accident” on the very same night she had just gone, and God knows I could have done with someone being there with me. Here’s what happened: on the day she left, my friend Marianne called and asked if I fancied going downtown for a drink in the evening. You bet I did, I had just spent a whole week playing good son, and I was ready for some fun – well, as much fun as you can get in... [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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05 mars 2011

I've got soul but I'm not a soldier...

Hello everyone This one should be quite long, as I have not written for a while and a lot has happened since my last post, as you may have heard on the news – unless you were hibernating or you are just plain sh*t. Everything started on Tuesday 25 January. While the first protests were occurring in the streets of Cairo, my flatmate (Isabelle)’s family turned up, as they were meant to come and visit for a couple of weeks. You’re probably thinking “what a crap time for a holiday in Egypt” but they had planned it back in September and... [Lire la suite]
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20 septembre 2010

Boys, boys, boys...

For once, I'm not going to talk about me, but about some of my female colleagues, who have had the most peculiar experiences since they arrived in Cairo. You remember when I said in a previous post that Egyptian men are just frustrated and desperate for sex? Well, here are some - funny? - stories... Danielle was walking in the street to do some shopping, when a young boy - she reckons he was around 14 - came along and unexpectedly touched her boobs...!? And then went away... leaving her shocked. You remember Isabelle's cabbie,... [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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04 septembre 2010

Come fill my little world, right up...

Today I woke up, went to the bathroom, turned the tap on and... no water! I ran to the kitchen, same deal! I randomly first thought I was lucky enough to have a lanlord who just didn't find it a good idea to pay for the water while the flat was vacant... Don't ask me why, I just did. Anyway, I was almost in tears - Have you noticed how easily I cry lately?! What's wrong with me?! - as I was remembering all the horrible things which happened to me over the last week... And then I thought enough was enough, I decided to go along with... [Lire la suite]
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29 août 2010

Where do broken hearts go?...

Today was a very busy day... No, I didn't spend the day in the toilet, and yes, I'm feeling much better, thanks for asking! I guess my body got used to tap water and street food, yeah! We'll have to see about strangers in bars now!... Anyway, it all started with a phone call from Mahmoud (Aww) who asked me to meet him at the hotel reception at 9.30am and only turned up at 11am! Yes, I know what you're thinking, but actually if you were living in Cairo you'd find it pretty normal. Egyptians are so slow and laid back about time. Once... [Lire la suite]
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