Monday, February 15: Today, once again Ahmed has to go to work, so I have him drop me off in town so I can explore various places.
Someone has told me about a small art museum, so I go there. It’s a small and quiet place, a kind of oasis in the middle of Cairo’s maelstrom. I wish I could remember the name of it. In one room, a beautiful film shows continuously; here is a pretty pathetic shot of it that sadly conveys neither its beauty or its emotional impact. Maybe because I am quite smitten with Ahmed, this place seems to echo the state of my heart.
Later I head to a big mosque where I am to wait for Ahmed to pick me up after his day at work. Hordes of Egyptian children surround me and happily pose for a picture.
Then they agree to pose with me for the picture as well. I feel so happy today, yet I’m also sad that I have to take off for Korea tomorrow morning.
Ahmed comes to pick me up after work, but only after a huge hassle with my phone. When I try to call him, I find that my phone has no more minutes on it. This has me worried because if I can’t contact Ahmed, we can’t find each other. I run around frantically trying to find a place that will sell minutes to add to my phone. Finally, I find a taxi driver who lets me use his phone to call Ahmed. It takes a while for us to find each other, but we finally do.
Ahmed drives me up to Muquttum, where I show him the flat where I stayed in 2007. While on Road 9, he stops to buy a bunch of oranges. That’s good because I don’t want a repeat of Saturday night’s diabetic attack.
Later we head to a modern outdoor shopping mall, where we have a lovely dinner at a restaurant there. It’s quite nice, especially by Cairo standards. It’s such a lovely evening, and I feel happier than I’ve felt in a long time.
This is our last night together and I have a wonderful time. Ahmed seems to be happy too. We enjoy each other’s company on our last night together. Early in the morning I take off for Korea.
If you’d like to follow my adventures in Korea, you can check out catbird in korea.
It’s too bad that everything falls apart with Ahmed after I leave Egypt. 😦