2nd of August
I woke up almost at 7:00 AM, thanks to Adam's
alarm clock this time! We went to have our breakfast together. I was dressed
in my famous "No Problem J"
t-shirt, with my sandals. I attended the core class in the Student Union
hall. The core class is administered by Bill..as you can see in this photo.
Bill asked me just to introduce myself..nothing
but saying who I am..u know! 1 minute :) In this class, Bill gave an outstanding
presentation about Islam. I was very glad of what he was saying..I still
remember parts of what he said..with his deep calm voice:
"Islam..the fastest growing religion in
the United States, 1 billion muslims all around the world..Islam is not
just a religion...it is a way of life..Islam gives solutions and answers
for the most difficult issues of life."
After Bill, Nadia spoke about Egypt giving
a 30 minutes presentation. We finished at 10:30 AM. I was stopped after
the class by Celina(?), an Indian girl who told me that she has a friend
in her university who attended AUC for sometime. I think I remembered the
guy,..sort of! Then, I went to stay on the swimming pool, waiting for anybody
who wants to ask me about anything. I met Nasser, who told me that I should
attend the class of Heinisch today because he is going to speak about Islam.
I said..yeah cool! :) I will for sure. I spent some time talking to Jennie,
who was around. Also Heinisch himself came, and we had a quick chat. I
had my lunch, then I went to take a look on the island of Stromboli, with
its terrifying half dead Volcano!
I was somewhere on deck, searching for a good
view with the Volcano. Unfortunately, I am not here! Anyway, I went to
my room to get my camera. I found a message left for me, that says:
This is Amanda Laichak and Michelle. We
would like to welcome you on board. Me and Michelle are going to be your
escorts during your stay. Today, we are going to have a Pizza/ice cream
party in Taverna at 7:00 PM. Hope to see you there!
And..that was the first day I met my friend,
Still, it was like 5:00 PM. When we were
passing by the tip of the boot (which is the very last part of the Italian
boot), I met Heinisch. He was heading to his class. Acting as if I did
not know that he was going to speak about Islam, I asked him to attend
the class! :)) (how smart!!) :)
and I was answering some of his questions
and commenting from time to time. Then, he started to speak about prayers,
and he tried to explain to them what it means to pray, and what a praying
mat looks like, and what a "qibla" (Mecca direction) is.
||This is Henisch (to the right). I think
the guy with the cap is Nasser AlDamer. Reinard H. is an excellent lecturer.
His lecture started like that:
"So...today I came here to make fun of
myself in front of Saudi and an Egyptian, for myself somebody who does
not believe in any religion, and he is going to speak about Islam."
Reinard spoke about the pillars of Islam
So, I made as if I want to be excused
and ran quickly to my room, from which I got my praying mat and the qibla
compass. I returned back to the class, and showed it to the people there!
That was really quick! :) It was fun anyway! :)
So, it was about 6:15 PM..dinner time. Although
I knew there is a Pizza party, I preferred to have my full lunch (because
I don't like Pizza so much..especially outside Egypt, because you can never
be sure of the ingredients! u know..Pork and stuff!). So, I had my dinner
in the preferred place on the swimming pool.
I am not there, as you may have noticed! :)
It is just a photo from the web page to give you the view during lunch
on the swimming pool..which is in front of the buffet.
So, 7:00 PM...time to meet the people. I entered
there, and I found a group of about 10 girls I think! :) I was the only
guy there! :)
I asked her about the exact role of the interport
student, and she talked about past interport students. She said that the
lady from Russia stayed in her room, because in fact she could not speak
English! For the guy from Belgium, he gave a 30 minutes presentation about
beer! For the guy from Italy, he was shy! (Later on, Samantha told me that
she believed he is a gxx...guess the two letters!...anyway!!) :)
||So..this is Mandi...or Amanda! The quality
of the photo is not that good..but the person in the photo is greater than
any photo..I believe! :)
Amanda and a group of her friends were
celebrating the birthday of one of their friends. She told me that she
was my escort, and that Michelle is in fact "my date"! for the Ambassador's
ball, which would be on day 5!
Amanda said something really funny: "When
we all knew that they are going to send a guy to be the interport
student of Egypt, all the girls said.."YEAH!!..NEW FRESH MEAT!"" :)
Well..if u know that there is a guy for
each 3 girls, you will get convinced that the girls were right anyway!
So...it was about 8:00 PM. They were showing
a movie or so. But, instead I went to take a look around the ship where
I met again Maria Khalifa.
This part is funny, for people who know
Arabic! While we were jogging, I was exchanging with her some Arabic words!
She can also say: "zay el khazoo2"..imagine
this!!! As well as "gatak neila", "abooya w 2ommi!", "ahbal", etc.!! She
used to play "basra" with her grandma..!! Also, she knows a good list of
Egyptian and Lebanese food! She likes Magda El-Roumi, like myself in fact!
||So, Maria who was born in the US knows
lots of Arabic! Here is a list of the words she can say, with the cutest
Arabic accent I have ever heard! :o)
Maria can say: "Ayooooooou", which is
the exclamation saying for people from Alexandria! And..she says it better
than any Alexandrian in fact!
She knows "3arbagi", saying it like Arbagi...which
is nothing but an insult, which means donkey carriage rider! :)
It was about 10:00 PM when we finished
this Arabic session! So..shall I say that Maria and her roommates and all
the girls on her deck got the nickname "Sex Bomb" ?!:)
I went with her to show me where is her
room, in my way back to my room. I found that all the girls in that floor
got Sex Bomb on their doors! :)
They were showing that night a stupid.(literally
stupid) movie about the building of the pyramid! I went with Maria, where
we watched that movie,..that ended at 12:00. The surprise now is we have
to add one hour for the jet lag between Rome and Cairo. So, a stolen hour
made it actually 1:00 AM!
But since Maria went to sleep, and I do
not sleep that early...I went to the swimming pool. There I met Samantha,
Achante and Alok. So..Samantha is funniest person on board...no doubt!
Let me describe her first due to the absence of photos!
I used to call her Whitney Houston, but
she believed that Whitney is a bit older. Anyway, she looks like Whitney...with
a bag on her back, a pen in her shirt, sun glasses on her head (it was
1:00AM)...and a tongue that never stops...jokes, stories, funny things,
personal stuff (sometimes)...and a nice smile that looks like Garfield's
Sam and Achante spent that night talking
to me about discrimination against people with African origins, and Sam
also spoke about the Jewish community and religion! These were stuff I
have never talked about with somebody before. It was in fact my first time
to meet a Jew in this trip!!
The discussion continued until 4:00 AM
in the morning..and that was the time to sleep I guess! :)
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