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I am an Arab

April 3, 2008


I’ve taken a lot of heat on this blog and elsewhere because I consider myself an Arab, unlike most Egyptian Christians of my acquaintance. I have of course been under the most attack from Copts in diaspora, whose knowledge of Egypt often seems to stem from sedately guided teenage trips around Egyptian monasteries, a few […]

March 5, 2008


I take these vitamins, something extraordinarily potent called Vitamax. I took this stuff on the recommendation of all my girlfriends who I complained to about being tired lately. And I felt much better, right away. The drawback of these supplements is that my body hair has grown extraordinarily luxuriant. I have taken to stroking my […]

Shameless pandering

February 12, 2008


Read this seminal post on the peculiarity of communication in Cairo and lack thereof. I feel she has competently described the struggle some of us face reconciling the sparse language and secular directness of a western upbringing/education with the tortuous pleasantries and obsequious fatalism (to my way of thinking) of colloquial Egyptian and its habitual […]

The Epicure

November 29, 2007


Every Wednesday some people I know go to La Bodega for what they call Wet ‘n’ Wild Wednesdays. I only went once, but yesterday I was on a beer roll and so Spaz and I moved on to there, where some 20 people were in attendance and in very high spirits. We sat down and […]

For our furriner friends

August 14, 2007


Scarf-wearer From “unnecessary scarf wearer”. This is a person of western background, usually Caucasian, found in Cairo, Egypt. Not all westerners in Cairo are scarf-wearers: scarf-wearers are mostly people who work for NGOs or similar, and/or are studying Arabic. The term stems from their ubiquitous habit of draping at least two scarves bought from Khan […]

July 11, 2007


I have no ability to detect sarcasm, even though I use it myself all the time. When I first moved to Canada, people would make witty remarks to which I would respond, mouth askew, “Really?!” Eventually they all gave up. People about to make humourous comments would face towards everyone else. Everyone would laugh and […]

Dubai Catchphrases II: "Pimping"

June 13, 2007


You have to say it in an Indian accent. Not because Dubai is full of Indians – I found less of them than I had been told there were – but because I had watched Russell Peter saying it on Youtube the day before I left for Dubai, and it stuck, even though I find […]