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This Past Week

This past week, we were still off from classes because the Egyptian government requested that AUC, like all the other national universities and public schools in Egypt, close down because of fears of Swine Flu. Thus, we at AUC have not had classes since Sept. 16!

 

I went to my first joint Anthropology/Sociology faculty meeting on Tues, Sept. 29, and went to a Anth/Soc potluck (Oct. 3) at Hannan’s apartment (the Anth unit head) in Dokki. I went on the Metro with James Curiel, a new friend in the sociology faculty. He is a new soc prof from California. We both met at the Saudi market with our potluck dinner in plastic bags for the train ride up to Dokki. It was a well-attended event, including most of the anth/soc graduate students. I found several who might be interested in helping me with some research.

 

On Friday (Oct. 2), I met with the Cairo Hash Harriers group at the Ace Club (a British social club here in Maadi) to catch a ride out to Wadi Digla Protected Area—basically a national nature preserve northeast of Maadi in the Sahara Desert. It is sometimes called the “Grand Canyon” of Egypt—a large gorge in the desert with walking/running trails (although not nearly as big as the Grand Canyon). I rode out with Basem and two other women—one Canadian life coach and one British elementary school teacher who taught at an international school. Basem was a brain surgeon from Egypt. We met with about 75 other people out at Wadi Digla, and the “French” team set up the course earlier in the day using globs of flour to mark the trail. The “run” we went on lasted about 1.5 hours—much of it was climbing hand over hand up mountainous sand formations to the plateau above. At the end, several people said this was the longest run they had ever been on with Cairo Hashers. I was sore the next day, but glad I went—it was beautiful to see the desert, the canyon, and on the plateau, looking across the desert, to see the skyline of Cairo in the distance.

 

Also this past week, I went on a Fulbright trip to Coptic and Islamic Cairo, lead by an AUC professor of Islamic art (Sept. 30). Here are some pictures:

Large Orthodox Church next to Coptic Museum--right off of Mar Girgis Metro stop

Large Orthodox Church next to Coptic Museum--right off of Mar Girgis Metro stop

 

Inside Hanging Church (Coptic)

Inside Hanging Church (Coptic)

 

Islamic Cairo--old main thoroughfare between old wall and Khan-i-Khalili

Islamic Cairo--old main thoroughfare between old wall and Khan-i-Khalili

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