Thursday, July 5: Al Hamdullilah! Today is the last day of the week, so our weekend begins!! You can tell I’m not really enjoying my Arabic classes at this place. It’s not the Arabic I have the problem with, it’s the horrible facility. Never mind. I could complain about this every day, but I’ll try to keep it to the minimum.
Immediately after school, a group of us sets out to Ma’adi to take a felucca on the Nile. We’ve heard it’s best to do this at sunset, and we have timed it just right.
Our group consists of Kevin, Clint, Tarik, Shannon, Lisa and me. We have jokingly dubbed ourselves as the “infidels,” except for Tarik and Lisa, because we are the only non-Muslims in the whole Al Ameen group.
Lisa has her mobile with her and she keeps it attached to hear ear. She calls it her “Blue Tooth,” and she has it stuck stylishly in her hijab.
We head out in the boat and love watching the other feluccas on the river as the sun slowly sinks into the river.
After our trip, we head to the Grand Cafe, where we order Stella beers, fried shrimps on pita bread, and we smoke apple-flavored shisha. When we leave the Grand Cafe, our taxi driver has his music on full blast and is dancing away in the car while he’s driving. Fun times in Cairo!!