“There is no place like Paris”

November 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm (Weekly Posts) (, , , , , )

Grey Egypt

Yes, we have won the match for which our nerves were almost torn down. I must say I didn’t care much. The scenes in the streets weren’t new to me. I used to see and hear the honking and cheering every match between Ahly and Zamalek, the most famous 2 competing football teams in Egypt.

So, I am wondering whether this whole game thing is what makes me feel Egyptian and love being and belonging to Egypt.

What made me wonder is that last Friday, one day before the match, I met a French friend of my sister’s. It was my first encounter with someone French where we sat down, had lunch together and talked. I also must say that I am in love with anything French, the language, the culture, the food, the music… everything. So our conversation started off with her observations of the Egyptian street, the traffic, the people, the pollution, and the inability to enjoy a walk in the streets, which is true. But because she has been in Egypt for almost 4 weeks for the first time, she mentioned how Egyptians have an amazing sense of humor all through the office boy she has been dealing with. So yea there is a good thing we have.

But when I asked her to tell me about france or Paris, since I have never been there. She told me about how grumpy French people are, but how possible it is to actually have a walk in the streets there. She said one thing that really struck me and made me wish I was in a country about which I could say something like this someday. She told me I didn’t travel alot, but “there is no place like Paris.” It made me even more eager to go and witness the beauty of Paris.

So, it seems different what impact each place leaves on the people living in it. I used to think that because I live in this place, its beauty isn’t as perceptible and appreciated as one who doesn’t live in it sees it. But there she is my French who happens to actually like her city and thinks it is the best place in the world. I think issue now is how Egypt, the place where I live, has come to leave all this dust on my eyes that I no longer appreciate living in it.


  1. Nermine Amer said,

    This might seem weird and contradictory but even though I really love Egypt and I know that I’ll never feel 100% comfortable in any other part of the world because of the simple fact that it’s not my country, it’s not my home, I can not wait to get out of here. I’ve had it! When I live outside of Egypt for a while, things are suddenly put into perspective, you have good energy and life is beautiful… when i get back here, the black cloud chases me… literally! πŸ™‚
    It’s the people that I’ll miss and love. People of Egypt are great, you gotta admit it! Again, there’s no place like home. If I ever have the power and will to make a change around me, I’m gonna come back and do it here… without a doubt.

  2. azohairy said,

    I totally get what you are saying, Nermine! πŸ™‚ I’ve had it too! And I can feel the difference! As for the people point, uhh it is confusing to me I must say b/c people are not as nice or as kind as before. I think they are becoming more barbarians yet I think that yes it is their company that I will miss. It is a different atmosphere you know…

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