We made it to Cairo safe and sound early this morning. I’m sure many of those reading this have heard by now that Egypt is under a state of emergency. A nationwide curfew has been imposed between 7pm and 6am for at least the next month.
Despite seeing several buses with military personnel and a few tanks, the drive to our hotel from the airport was pretty quiet. When we arrived at our hotel, in the neighborhood of Maadi, we were told that plans to go apartment hunting would be postponed until tomorrow as there were apparently some gatherings taking place on the streets we’d need to drive through. Not a huge a deal as we were pretty tired and the hotel had an awesome rooftop pool that we could hang out at. Hopefully we can get out and see a bit of the neighborhood with no issues tomorrow. If we can find ourselves an apartment, all the better.
We’ve also met most of the new teachers by now. It seems like a really good group. I can’t help but comparing this experience so far to my first few days at the University of Guelph almost 16 years ago. Everything is new – you’re moving into a new apartment, you meet lots of new people (all of whom in the same position as you) and you have to learn a whole new set of procedures for doing common things (ie. shopping, transportation, utilities/phones, etc..). It’s a little weird but so far we’re definitely enjoying it.