So first day of work, I go into a room full of strangers and semi-strangers. Round tables of all men and all women. Not a single one with both.
At the door, there was a sign that said "induction 14th-25th of February". It is the second of March and I didn't go to the office yet. We still go to that place, together. And if it is anything I have gained, it's the friends.
The friends and the fact that people like me are a minority. Upper middle class Egyptians are a minority. And middle class Egyptians are different- very different. And so are those who are not from Cairo. I have non-Cairo roots, that's true- but I have never lived elsewhere, my parents are urban as well...
I now know that not everyone gets a diamond for their engagement/wedding ring. They get a set of gold jewellery; earrings, bracelet, ring and necklace. I know that different classes use different slang. That not all men know their etiquette...
I know that some people have gone through much, much worse things.
But most of all, it's that I am a minority. It hit me today. Speaking about apartments and tastes and things. It hit me. Wow, I am not like most of these people at all! But we still managed to get along, yeah? Yes.
Make a happy list please?