August 5th, 2010
I don’t think I’ve been home sick my entire trip until now. The luxuries of home are so essential when in the setting of Egypt. I arrived at 3am Egypt time, super tired from the flight which involved a choir of crying babies and re-watching “Valentine’s Day” for the 3rd time. Thank goodness there was someone to greet me when I arrived and we headed to wait for the 4 hour bus ride into Alexandria. Man, that was a bumpy ride, thanks to my friend Gravol, I just passed out, no motion-sickness and arrived in Alex without awareness.
Then I was told we were staying at a seafront hotel. I was super excited; you can’t go wrong with a seafront hotel right? So we drive into the city, and I’m looking for this ‘hotel’ they talk of. We arrive to a very old building with a sign saying ‘Hotel on the 3rd floor’. Shock could be one way to describe my reaction or just simply disbelief. This ‘hotel’ is NOT air conditioned (despite over 30 degrees outside), has old school sheets from like the 80s/70s, the bathroom has no toilet paper (you bring your own), the bathtub has tons of brown stains on it, the vanity in the room is disjointed and I believe there are bugs that like to come in at night (according to the Serbian girl who has stayed here for a week). The only compromise to those conditions is the seafront view, like hotel – road – Mediterranean Sea. Another downer is everyone loves to honk, all the time, for no reason, so living right by the street… I will need to earplug, every night!
I sure hope these conditions get better with time; after all, I am here for three and a half weeks. The hostel in berlin is like a 5 star hotel compared to this place, I feel like not only have a gone back in time, but I’m stuck in some twilight zone/movie that I watched from afar… Maybe this is just the lack of proper sleep talking. I will be heading out to the North Coast with the other pharmacy and med students for the weekend (fri-sat NOT sun). I hope this will be filled with adventure and non-stop fun…