Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Prince and the Pauper

So I guess I owe an update from these past days! So much has happened since our trip last Monday to the pyramids. Since then we have gone to the Coptic Christian area of Cairo. These guys have been in Egypt since well before the Muslims, they are one of the oldest sects of Christianity. Their architecture was superb! So pretty. We've explored random areas of downtown. We've been rained on. We walked through shopping districts. We've been bought dinner by poor Arabs. We've signed a contract for housing and then renegotiated said contract. We've made Arab friends. We've seen police abuse. We've attended church on Friday. However, one of the most insane things was Friday night.

Thanks to our friend Muhammad, we went to the Egyptian version of the Oscars. It was a quick affair, not too long. It was fun though, really quite entertaining. After, we all went outside to mingle. We quickly stole the spotlight. All these famous directors and such from this film festival had nothing over us. The girls in our group especially stole the competition. Everyone wanted pictures with them, some took several. Others wanted pictures with us guys too, but they mostly were interested in the girls. Rachel especially was loving all the attention. It was so funny watching them turn from average students from a low to mid social status in America to the cream of the crop in Egyptian society. I was asked a few times if I was a director of some sort. haha, nope, just a poor student.

School has started. We are on our third day now. I have one of the same teachers now that I had at BYU. The other seems cool enough so far. Classes are long and I have had to take a nap at some point each day because what we do is so draining. I'll devote a whole post to our schedule, just so this one isn't so cluttered.

We are making friends quickly. Ryan Coles, the one with the sunglasses at the top of this page is great at making friends and I am great at taking advantage of that. We have met some incredible people! The Arabs are so nice, it is so sad to see so many misconceptions rampant among some many Americans concerning these people. They would give us the shirt off their back if we asked it, yet we think all Arabs hate America. How wrong we are. I have been told several times that America is the greatest country. I think we have a lot to learn as a society before we achieve that.

All of these pictures are of Coptic Cairo, in other words, they are of Arab Christians who generally live in peace with their Muslim counterparts. These people and their churches are probably the oldest surviving sect of Christianity.

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