November 30. Caritas Egypt.

In the morning, after a good Egyptian breakfast, we visit Caritas Egypt as planned, and I ask a few questions about a center they are running in a more modest neighbourhood of the city. It sounds like they are doing real good work there so I decide to focus more on it and shortly after, we’re on our way to the  caritas center in Mataraya. The director of the center is willing to guide us around, and shows us the different activities and services. Today is the last day of the festival so there aren’t many people around. The atmosphere is good though and we get a nice insight in the role of caritas in this community.
First, we see a group of women sewing and smiling. They are making patchworked Christmas tableclothes. It’s one of the programs the center is offering in the field of adult education. In a second room we are introduced to two mothers who are here with  their mentally disabled children. The children learn how to write and handle daily tasks in a coordinated manner, and their parents learn how to deal with their kids when they are at home with them.

We are also shown the clinic, that offers all basic healthcare services for free to the very poor, and for only seven pounds for others. Social workers assess the level of poverty by home visits. The clinic has won a prize for its level of hygiene.
We continue to see the workplace where professional craftsmen manifacture artificial limbs. They are glad to show us their work.

After work, Mohammed kindly brings me to the airport where I work on my writings while waiting for my 23.25 plane to Nairobi. There are long hours to kill, but I manage to do that successfully and update my internet presence from an overpriced coffee place after security.

November 30. Caritas Egypt.

In the morning, after a good Egyptian breakfast, we visit Caritas Egypt as planned, and I ask a few questions about a center they are running in a more modest neighbourhood of the city. It sounds like they are doing real good work there so I decide to focus more on it and shortly after, we’re on our way to the  caritas center in Mataraya. The director of the center is willing to guide us around, and shows us the different activities and services. Today is the last day of the festival so there aren’t many people around. The atmosphere is good though and we get a nice insight in the role of caritas in this community.
First, we see a group of women sewing and smiling. They are making patchworked Christmas tableclothes. It’s one of the programs the center is offering in the field of adult education. In a second room we are introduced to two mothers who are here with  their mentally disabled children. The children learn how to write and handle daily tasks in a coordinated manner, and their parents learn how to deal with their kids when they are at home with them.

We are also shown the clinic, that offers all basic healthcare services for free to the very poor, and for only seven pounds for others. Social workers assess the level of poverty by home visits. The clinic has won a prize for its level of hygiene.
We continue to see the workplace where professional craftsmen manifacture artificial limbs. They are glad to show us their work.

After work, Mohammed kindly brings me to the airport where I work on my writings while waiting for my 23.25 plane to Nairobi. There are long hours to kill, but I manage to do that successfully and update my internet presence from an overpriced coffee place after security.

November 27. Pharaonic village.

The pharaonic village is definitely worth a visit. Obviously, it is a tourism getaway of the purest kind, but if you want to refresh your knowledge about ancient Egypt, this is your place. I enter the village in the early afternoon and take a smooth boatride passing a dozen divine statues listening to the synchronized clamourous explanation through the loudspeakers of the slow tugboat. I will have a personal guide to show me around the village, which is much like an open air museum, showing the life in ancient Egypt. There are also museums about Nasser, Sadat, pyramid building, ship building, and automobiles. I joke that this place serves Martians on their first visit to earth.

I meet a Pakistani software guy and we enjoy the time musing and strolling around the island. He has to leave before dinner though, so I end up eating alone, which is, as I am aware of, not of much interest here. The boatride on the Nile is nice and releases a substantial amount of endorphines in me. A small boat with a careless youth mistreating the steering wheel rams us and gave me a unique opportunity to hear some serious Egyptian cursing from our captain.
In the light of the ferry accident a week later, this makes me realize my luck once again.

November 27. Pharaonic village.

The pharaonic village is definitely worth a visit. Obviously, it is a tourism getaway of the purest kind, but if you want to refresh your knowledge about ancient Egypt, this is your place. I enter the village in the early afternoon and take a smooth boatride passing a dozen divine statues listening to the synchronized clamourous explanation through the loudspeakers of the slow tugboat. I will have a personal guide to show me around the village, which is much like an open air museum, showing the life in ancient Egypt. There are also museums about Nasser, Sadat, pyramid building, ship building, and automobiles. I joke that this place serves Martians on their first visit to earth.

I meet a Pakistani software guy and we enjoy the time musing and strolling around the island. He has to leave before dinner though, so I end up eating alone, which is, as I am aware of, not of much interest here. The boatride on the Nile is nice and releases a substantial amount of endorphines in me. A small boat with a careless youth mistreating the steering wheel rams us and gave me a unique opportunity to hear some serious Egyptian cursing from our captain.
In the light of the ferry accident a week later, this makes me realize my luck once again.

November 24. Pondering possibilities in Cairo

An easy day in the café, updating and promoting my internet presence. It seems to take off now. Looking for Charity and Travel on google gets you to my website. I have to spend long hours behind the machine now in order to be seen. Shouting like a rough salesman on a fish market buy my trout buy my eels go ahead and spin my wheels.

November 24. Pondering possibilities in Cairo

An easy day in the café, updating and promoting my internet presence. It seems to take off now. Looking for Charity and Travel on google gets you to my website. I have to spend long hours behind the machine now in order to be seen. Shouting like a rough salesman on a fish market buy my trout buy my eels go ahead and spin my wheels.