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Day 1 – Nov 10, 2010
For those that don’t know, I recently moved to Cairo, Egypt for a short term assignment with my company. I consider myself very lucky to be here and am thankful for all the trips I’ve been able to make in 2010. My first day in Egypt was very interesting. I flew in from Amsterdam, tired but excited…the 12 hour transit at Amsterdam and no sleep had taken its toll on me. I must admit that I was surprised by KLM’s service, it was way better than British Airways and they flew in and out on time. I am a bit spoiled by my free upgrades to business class that Emirates keeps giving me so I do hold them with the highest regard. Walking down the runway we were ushered onto a large bus that took us towards immigrations in Cairo. Even though it was 2am when I reached, I immediately liked the sights and sounds of the city…the roads, buildings and people reminded me of India. It felt good to be in a familiar place and also close to home. A driver from the company was kind enough to pick me up and take me home, we exchanged a few words here and there since I don’t speak any Arabic and he didn’t speak too much English. I was interested to see that the way we thought about numbers and words – the company’s driver told me my apartment room number was 24 while it was actually 42. The same thing happened earlier while I was typing a search term on google, I knew that things were written in reverse order in Arabic but it was interesting to see that people’s thought patterns followed the same order as well.
Anyhow, the first day went by pretty uneventfully. It looks like I have the next week off because of “Eid Al Adha”. I intend to make the most of it by travelling as much as possible. I also need to get myself a cell phone and an internet connection since the apartment I’m staying at does not have either. I will try and continue to write as I go along so stay tuned for more updates.
Thanks for reading, this is Sandeep – signing out!