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Journal sanitisation [Aug. 28th, 2008|08:46 pm]
Hola! Haven't updated this in over three years - thought I'd spring-clean it a bit, so sorry if comments have disappeared! (as if you'd miss them)

Hope everyone's still having a good time :) :)
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(no subject) [Apr. 12th, 2005|09:25 pm]
New day, new life, new socks... well - since the last post anyway - time for an update!

A day and a bit before I'm the ripe old age of 23 and I'm getting stuck back into work, art, music and generally figuring myself out :) hey - if you can't figure yourself out, don't try figuring the rest of the world out!

Think I'll paint a pretty picture..... sometime
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Off the job.... [Sep. 22nd, 2002|09:45 pm]
Well, this is it - now sitting in Cairo Airport after a brief ride on the Superjet from Alexandria.

Spent most of the afternoon packing and cleaning up the apartment - giving what little I bought (bedding, iron etc) to the other trainees. Mo picked me up in the bright-yellow VW Bug (aka Zuba) - and we headed to the station, meeting Maddy, Alex and Imran there... Leaving was difficult.

Getting around the airport was easy enough, and I haven't queued for anything, including passport control - as I'm getting rid of what little Egyptian change I have in the form of generous quantities of backsheesh! Unfortunately, no amount of cash could improve the food in the airport restaurant - a colder and less tasty version of what is served on planes... I'll leave your imagination for that one.

Nothing much left to say - so it looks like this part of the journal is closed.
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On the job.... [Sep. 8th, 2002|10:00 am]
Today is my first day of work at Kaumeya Language school, Alexandria.

Unfortunately it appears as though there is a complication regarding job descriptions and the AIESEC TN form, meaning that if issues aren't resolved the best option is for myself to return to the United Kingdom, where I will once again begin to search for a new placement.

I am writing this as I sit in the schools staff-room, waiting to hear the verdict from the head-teacher of the school. I'm unsure as to wether such issues can be resolved at this time.
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Amr Diab concert...... [Aug. 30th, 2002|09:57 pm]
Went to the Amr Diab concert on the north coast resort of Mena 4 - the arab equivalent of going to see U2.

In true Egyptian style we were meant to meet up with the owner of the resort who was then meant to let us in free of charge - but when we got there we couldn't contact him, and ended up slipping through the front entrance in a burst of confusion at the main gate! I guess only in this country you can slip 15 people through a guarded gate unnoticed...

The concert itself was great, with an artist called 'Shireen' doing the warm-up, another popular singer here in the middle-east.

Oh yes, almost forgot - half-way through the concert a group of the AIESEC lot somehow managed to get up on stage with Amr Diab!
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First new trainee arrives [Aug. 22nd, 2002|09:56 pm]
Maddy is here! We waited at Alexandria airport until about 3am and met her accompanied by the rest of the AIESEC AAST members and the Cairo MC. Wonder if anybody else going on a traineeship this year will have over 20 people waiting for them at the airport? :o)

Strange coincidence though - I'd already met her at the UK CCS South, it's a small world!! Really good to see a familiar face out here!
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If at first they don't succeed - do it yourself!! :-) [Aug. 18th, 2002|09:55 pm]
Arranged to rent a really nice apartment in Kafr Abdo, the nicest part of Alexandria (and right behind the British Consulate Villa) for 1200LE a month. (about £50 a month each between the three of us). - very happy now. :o)
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Ratty with people today [Aug. 17th, 2002|09:54 pm]
Today I finally got to see the apartment that myslef, Maddy and Imran will be living in for the next year...

The following few hours I wasn't the happiest of people, owing to the disgusting mess in there, owing to a major rat problem

Picture one - rat sh*t, one of many around the apartment (not att'd at this time)
Pitcure two - the bed, those brown greasy trails are rats urine... (not att'd at this time)

Well needless to say I picked up my things and headed back to my hosts apartment, in order to begin searching the following day for a new place to live!. Oh well, only almost three weeks waiting for this place... aghh....
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Crazy Water! [Aug. 16th, 2002|09:53 pm]
Today we all went to Crazy Water, a waterpark on the outskirts of Cairo.

Roudy and Islam took us there in two cars, luckily I got to ride in Roudy's car, which had a/c and a great set of Red hot Chilli pepper CD's amongst other things. I was a very happy chappie.

After a few hours of travelling and a little confusion on exactly which way we were meant to go - we finally got to the park and had a wonderful time, even managing to go to the Q-Zar (Quazar / laserquest us UK peeps) and spent a good time shooting each other... unfortunately our team lost, but who cares? It was a brilliant day!

Travelled back to Alex' at about 8pm, arriving here at almost 11, great music booming from the speakers behind us and re-enacting the day's shootout between the two cars on the way back... exhausted now - must sleep
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Rosetta [Aug. 10th, 2002|09:52 pm]
The water's back on! yey!

Took a trip to Rashid - better known as Rosetta.

French soldiers discovered the Rosetta Stone in 1799, which contained ancient hieroglyphs, demotic Egyptian and Greek Scripts - which French professor Jean-Francois Champollion used to deciphered the hieroglyphs.

We were escorted around the littered streets by a member of the tourist police, whom we had to pay a visit to before entering the town - our 'guide' then showed us around, keeping an eye on both us and the people who came up to talk to us.

When we got back to Alexandria we met up with with the AIESEC committee in the Semouha Mall area of Alexandria and went for a Karaeoke night at the welad el zawat bar.
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