Leaving on a Jetplane...
That's what my friends kept singing to me....
Well, that's about it from Cairo. What an experience it's been. The last two weeks were especially memorable, thanks to so many people. I'll try my best to name them off:
Megan - I hope you do marry my brother some day. You are an incredible friend and an even funner drunk. We'll definitely be meeting up in Turkmenistan.
Tom - You're the true Cairo Champion. The BBQ won't be the same without you. See you in Iran.
Farzina - Thanks for being there when I needed it the most. Your prawn curry is the new force on the foreigner cooking scene.
Salman - My Cairo twin. We went through it all at the beginning. An invitation to the food blog is on the way.
Harrison - I'm not sure what I'm going to do without your smiling face. You have an incredible knack for making everyone around you happy. Hope the job works out for you.
Nisrin - You're the only American I've ever met who is so vehemently opposed to the concept of "Canada." Thanks for all the wonderful arguments and threats of bodily harm. Scrabble Night would not have been as fun without those things.
Luli - Thanks for the wonderful tour of Alexandria. A blog post recognizing this effort is upcoming. Keep dominating Scrabble Night and please don't ever let Nisrin win again.
Chris P - Ya basha. It was an honour and a pleasure living with you for the last couple of months. We are officially the dominant tag-team Taboo duo. Nobody can every take that away from us.
Luke - My Cairo protege. Don't worry about having to be my replacement. Slap the next person who says that to you Rick James style. And make sure you come down on it...
Kenny - Kenny basha. Thanks for those horreya nights and stories about Alexandrian coffee and tea. I had no idea two drinks could be made in so many different ways.
Purvi - You'll have to find a new undercover desi. You still are the nicest person ever. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Cairo.
Komal - Who knew such a short visit would mean so much. My last two weeks certainly wouldn't have been the same. Enjoy the rest of your vacation and see you in London.
Karim - Ya bashmohandes. Where do I begin? Thanks for the football, the cheesecake, the shisha, the home-cooked meals, the rousing conversations about Chelsea and Man U. We'll be smoking the shisha soon, no doubt.
Mustafa - You cook a mean biryani. If I didn't know any better, I'd think you just might be the undercover desi Purvi is looking for. Take care of yourself.
Orange - I'll see you in the Himalayas, I'm sure. Thanks for the nights out, but please go back to horreya. It misses you.
Sagar - I'm so glad I was able to introduce you to everyone. You were certainly a welcome addition.
Taher - Thanks for the generous hospitality and the ride to the airport. Work wouldn't have been the same without you.
Everyone at the Office - I've never had so much fun at work. Thanks for all the memories and I'm sure we'll see each other again soon.
I wish you all the best!