8.30 am, I am the most sleepy person on the planet.
I am heading to work and I’m having another scary taxi ride. I was too late for the metro today. Traffic is making me be even more late but hey, this is Cairo so it’s ok.
Temperature is warm, must be around 25C or more.
The Nile is on my right side and so are the palms and the corniche where people go out and walk at night – but now it’s deserted.
The most weird thing about today is that it just stopped raining – we’re having a lot of rain in Cairo lately, which is very unusual!
Today it’s an ordinary day, except that it’s my last day of work.
9.30 am, I go to the vegetables shop – the fruit is smelling so good and is so colourful. You can actually smell it from a few meters of distance, especially guavas and peaches. Hmmm, lovely.
The owner of the shop is Hassan, he always gives me some extra fruit for free “for my breakfast”, he says.
I tell him “ana hamshy Italia, ma3asalama ya Hassan” (I’m going back to Italy, goodbye Hassan) and he says he’s sad – not true maybe, but I appreciate it.
6.30 pm, I am done at work. I go out of the villa where I work, and the driver is waiting outside. I walk down the stairs with my hands in a victory sign – “khalas, I’m done” I tell them.
On the way home I see another sunset over Cairo and I can’t help but think how much I’m going to miss all this!
I never noticed all those kites stuck in the electricity wires. Who knows how many details I missed even when I was on this same road every day for months?
I will try to cheer up now, I am off! Wohooo!
Cairo, april 28th 2011