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Lost in Cairo

August 23, 2006

An eventful first day, and it’s not even 3 p.m. Myself and two my roommates left this morning to walk to orientation on campus. After making the trip with only one car almost hitting us, stepping over remains of watermelon and dodging errant bicyclists, I found Kate and Erin (who took the flight with us) and listened as Ms. Tomaander explained registration. Then we hearded back to the other campus to take photos for our AUC IDs (GWorld, this is not).

Teresa and Shelia, two more of my roommates, left with me to find food. Initial attempts had us staring at a McDonald’s and shaking our heads, so we decided to decide from the room.

Except we got lost. And when someone basically served as a body shield across the street, we asked him for directions. Except he sent us the wrong way. And then we asked a police officer for directions. ” Sharia Sitta wa ashriin julilo?” (26th July Street?) I asked. He motioned vaguely down a main road. We got so far, saw nothing familiar, walked back the way we came. I tried not to let my sense of panic overwhelm me, but four clearly Western girls stopping on a street corner pointing at signs only in Arabic and looking confused is not a good position to be in. We finally walked into a McDonald’s to get water. The manager drew us a map, and it turned out we weren’t that far away (My sense of direction isn’t completely broken, although no street signs didn’t help).

We finally got back to the room, ran to the air condtioning and ordered room service. Now there’s fruit in saran wrap that we’re not quite sure about eating. Another question for our RA, Dina.

Time for a nap.

One Comment leave one →
  1. katie morris permalink
    August 28, 2006 1:21 am

    i thought we decided you aren’t allowed to make decisions anymore!

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