Day one: I take in the sites (grid-lock traffic), sounds (car horns), and smells (car exhaust) of Cairo. Cairo, however, has proved to be amazing. As it turns out, the Egyptian people are some of the kindest, most helpful people on Earth. Numerous hand shakes, waves and thumbs up are recieved while walking down the street. Finally I'm being treated like the amazing celebrity that I am!
After taking the public bus in from the airport, I was horribly lost and tired. Not only did some friendly auto mechanics let me use their cell phone, but then they called the hostel, wrote out the directions (in English and Arabic) and gave me their phone numbers (work and cell) just in case I got lost again. Amazing.
The typical random meeting of Egyptians on the street:
Egyptian: [speaks to me in Arabic thinking I'm Egyptian]
Me: Sorry, do you speak English?
Egyptian: [surprised] Where are you from?
Egyptian: Ah America! Welcome! [handshakes] Obama! [thumbs up given to me]
Me: Obama good! [I give two thumbs up]
Egyptian: Bush bad. [thumbs down or sideways 'enough' hand signal given]
Me: I throw my shoe at Bush. [throwing an imaginary shoe]
All: [Laughing] [2nd round of handshakes]
I'm in there somewhere.