Thursday, July 26, 2007

My Crowning Achievement in Egypt

I think I have reached the pinnacle of my "Egyptianization" process.

It all started last Thursday when poor Rhiannon had been stuck in a taxi for about an hour. The trip should've been no more than 30 minutes, even in bad traffic. She was supposed to meet us before getting on the Bus to Dahab.

It was getting close to the meeting time, so I gave her a call to see where she was at. Turned out she was stuck in a taxi and had no idea where she was. I asked her what she saw. Her response gave me a good idea of her location. Although I wasn't sure why they would've been at that spot. So, I told her to hand the phone to the cab driver.

If you've ever been in a country where you don't know the language all that well, talking to people who don't speak a word of your language on the phone is an unnerving activity. Despite this, I figured it would be a fun exercise to see if I could get Rhiannon to the right place.

The conversation went something like this (all in Arabic):

"Hello. Where are you?"
"Dokki, on the Freedom Bridge."
"Ok. She wants Talaat Harb Square. Do you know it?"
"Yes. Where on Talaat Harb?"
"Talaat Harb Square."
"Ok, but no place on Talaat Harb?"
"Talaat Harb Square."
"Okay, fine."
"Thanks, man."
"You're welcome, man."

When he handed the phone back to Rhiannon, I heard the driver say "Is he Egyptian (in Arabic)?" This prompted a quick fist pump. I had finally done it...had an Egyptian think I was Egyptian.

Luli, where is that honorary Egyptian title?


At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Gary said...

Well that is a great compliment!

At 8:05 AM, Blogger Miss Canthus said...

Impressive! Good thing he couldn't see your cottage cheese skin.

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Superluli said...

uhm NO!
you still do not master the art of bullshitting and saying things you do not mean

work on that babin then we talk

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Carissa )i( said...

Waheshni wallahi yaani ;-) Way to go, Kent...and next time sing sexy back to the taxi driver, heh.

At 11:03 PM, Blogger Layial said...

I am so impressed kent...:)


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