For those of you who haven’t heard, we are now in Egypt! We arrived late at night on Wednesday, November 7, and immediately moved into our dorm here, which is in Zamalek, an island-district of Cairo. (The school we’re now taking classes at is the AUC – the American University in Cairo.) We’ve quickly become very comfortable with Zamalek, which is one of the wealthiest areas of Cairo and has a fantastic array of restaurants to choose from. So far we’ve enjoyed authentic Egyptian cuisine such as falafel sandwiches, as well as Thai, Indian and even some delicious, classic American-style burgers. (Can you tell we’ve been away from home?) The dorm itself is also very nice, with all the amenities we could ask for, and the locals have been extremely friendly.
Our itinerary has so far included a tour of the New Campus of AUC which has amazing facilities although we are not taking classes there, a visit to the pyramids and Sphinx in Giza, and our first lecture with Dr. Swanson, who along with the staff of the AUC generally has impressed us immensely.
We’ve already learned a lot here (did you know that only 3% of Egypt’s land is cultivatable? or that since 1950 the population has increased five times over, by 70 million people?), and were excited to share it with you as we embark on the last major leg of TIME. Keep your eyes peeled for more details on our Egypt adventures, such as touring the pyramids, and a few more posts on our experiences in Morocco.
So, greetings from Egypt! Hope all’s well at home!