Someone asked me to write about living in Cairo
. I thought about it briefly and thought that my life's not so interesting, even with living in another country.
Here's a short list about what's different for me living in Cairo as opposed to living in the U.S. (where I was born and raised).
--I don't have a car and I commute to work on a (private) bus.
--I don't have a washing machine, so I send my laundry out.
--I can get nearly anything delivered to my house (and I take advantage of that).
--Most people speak a language other than English; that can make some tasks a bit daunting.
--It's difficult to mail a package (and as difficult to get one; and one that's fully in tact).
The view from my apartment building in Cairo.
That about covers it. I guess people would be more impressed to learn about the many things that ARE
available in Cairo. You can get most things that you want and need; or some variation of it.
Some days I think ... Cairo gets a bad rap. It's often called the city of contrasts; and that's a fitting title. But most days for me, I can sit in my comfortable apartment in what's been called a 'ritzy' neighborhood (Zamalek
), take the private bus to my nice teaching job at a prestigious university and life is just fine; I could be in any city. And that's my life.
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