Today, my roommates and I went to the Khan al-Khalili! We saw the Al-Azhar mosque. It was beautiful! We woke up too late to go to Giza, unfortunately.
Ana bought a little bag for 5 pounds. We turned the corner and I saw another man selling them for 10. I told him, “We got this bag from another man for 3 pounds. Can I buy yours for 3?” He gave in, and I bought 3 for 9 instead of 1 for 10! Woo, Meme would be proud!
We got less attention in the market today, because we were in a place that was more used to tourists. However, one man told me, “I will get rid of my wife!” He then offered 5000 camels for me! We asked one of the guys later how much a camel was worth today. My guess was a couple hundred dollars, but apparently the nice ones can cost up to $10,000 each! (Max, don’t get any ideas).
Other things from today:
- There are very, very few tourists here. I haven’t seen any stereotypical tourists since I got here! It’s so odd, but I really like how authentic it feels.
- When Analinda introduces herself, people thing she is saying “Ana Linda” which means “I am Linda” in Arabic. It is super, super comical. She has given up on getting people to understand that her name is actually Analinda. Also, spoke Dutch to us today. The language sounds like English and German had a language baby.
- It was interesting to hear one of the guys talk about how their opinion of Obama has changed. He spoke at AUC before he became president, and everyone loved him. They thought he would be then answer to all the problems in the Middle East. They feel that he has not lived up to his foreign policy promises.
- One of the guys commented today that “People drive so bad here that it’s like they gave licenses to donkeys.”