Last year around this time I moved to Cairo for an AIESEC project. It all happened so fast (within 3 weeks of applying for the opportunity), it almost felt like an unreal dream playing in fast forward.
I didn't research much about the country, and like most of my adventures, I took the leap of faith. Half bad idea.
My 3rd night in Cairo was the first time I unleashed the inner bitch in me. I had 15K INR in cash on me. That money felt like a big deal in India, but it valued 0 in Egypt. Their currency exchange offices don't really accept INR. Luckily I also had $95 USD for emergency purpose only.
3rd night In Cairo I went to explore the Khan el Khalili market with a Colombian flatmate who'd come from Germany.
She wanted to go souvenir shopping and told me that a friend of hers would later join us. Since I was on one big adventure, I was absolutely cool with EVERYTHING. Or so I thought. On my wrist watch I still had the Indian time because for some reason I refused to accept the change in time.
After spending about an hour and a half shopping and bargaining, she took me to Jordi's shop. Jordi is the guy who gives 10% discount to AIESECers and his store is in Khalili Market. He is the guy in his late 50s, perpetually high on Sheesha and eats free lunch and dinner every single day at Naguib Mahfouz Cafe (5 star place)
He starts talking to my friend in Spanish, flirts with me in English, puts his hands in trouser pockets takes out bundles of Egyptian cash from either of the pocket, shows it to my friend and gets back to talking to her in Spanish.
I was honestly scared. Alone, far away from home, Indian time on my watch was 2 am, hanging out with a girl I had met 3 days ago, standing in a store where an Egyptian man named 'Jordi' spoke in Spanish.
Turns out the 'friend' that was going join us was (you guessed it right) Jordi!
In no time we were at the same cafe eating elaborate Egyptian dinner. They both continued in Spanish and I sat clueless trying to grasp the reality.
That's when inner bitch in me awoke and decided to make use of this situation. I played the pity girl. (1/2)
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