I know what you’re thinking: oh, she just had a bad experience. Oh no no no, even my Egyptian friends, albeit westernized, agree. Simple things that you take as common sense need further explanation. For example, in my line of work, I simply asked someone to cross check phone numbers to their website. Instead, the person looked at our website.
The main issue is when something goes wrong, no one takes blame for it. They either a) beat around the bush or b) place the blame anywhere but on themselves.
Oh, and quickly, allow me to give an update on the gender bias. I have been followed more as of late, even to the point that a man would not allow me to cross the street (he was in his car and inching up each time I made an attempt). I had someone stick his elbow out in order to hit me in my chest. I way-laid him.
98% of foreign women are assaulted and 80% of Egyptian women encounter the same. Yes, if you are a female, you are going to get some sort of unwanted attention. It is also important to note that if you have low self-esteem, you will never feel better about yourself than when you are here. I suppose it is a Catch 22, but either way, no matter what country you are in, no man has the right to touch a female inappropriately. Be careful, be cautious and most importantly, be patient. I lost my patience last week and slowly but surely, I’m trying to recover.
I feel that I have to relay the bad times in order to be objective. Note my disclaimer: this is not all Egyptians, but it is a majority. Being a female with my boss out of town this week, I realized just how little I am taken seriously because of my gender, despite my education, working knowledge and background. These are things that are very hard to understand being from the US where equality is demanded.
I’ve decided to start listing places that I feel foreigners would love, and it is important to know where to do simple things such as getting your hair done (which will be featured in the next post).
Sushi Lovers Enjoy
This sushi place offers an excellent variety and my favorite, maguro (tuna). It is fresh and the service is friendly. English is spoken, albeit not fluently, but enough to get by. The inside is clean and very cozy. My selection always includes the salmon salad and the spicy
23 Road 205
012 140 4984
022 521 3323