Even though some readers may be asking, or have asked me, "Lacy, why would you leave such a wonderful place like Lucerne, Switzerland to travel to a country that some people consider unstable and others consider third-world for four long months?" To these speculators I will provide my answer here: I like a challenge
. While Cairo is not nearly as dangerous as many seem to think, I'm not going to be twiddling my thumbs for an entire semester. Even though I struggled with China for awhile, being removed for an entire year makes me crave not only the beautiful historical sights, but also the friendly people that are abundant in these often overlooked societies. If I were to have a more practical reason I would have to state, I am a history major, and while Europe was lost in the Dark Ages, the area we now consider the Middle East thrived beyond measure. From the ancient Egyptians that built the pyramids to the later empires that controlled the region, Egypt had been known as a thriving center of commerce and trade; in fact, Cairo's famous market was the central hub of trade between East and West, bringing Eastern spices to the Europeans in the West.
Now to answer another question I'm sure many readers are dying to know, "Will I be safe in a Muslim country?" To this question, I respond: of course I will be safe. Surprisingly, the little bit of crime that takes place in Cairo--or Egypt in general-- is nonviolent (can we say the same in the United States?). What little crime does take place tends to be the work of scam artists and pick-pockets.
Anyways, questions answered (feel free to leave more in the comments section if you have them!) and revelation had, I decided that tonight should be the night I start packing
. So far, I have dumped everything onto my bed and have wrapped some combustibles in Ziploc baggies. While most people may speculate that this start may be a little slower than normal, I am completely okay with my lack of haste because I am an excellent packer. Cocky? Perhaps, but I am fully confident in my extreme speed packing abilities (after-all, I packed Taylor Warner's suitcase for China in a few hours the day before she left). The prospect I am less comfortable with is the multiple errands I have to run, including: Target, Wachovia, PC, eye doctor, hairdresser, Target, Carolina Legal (to get my check), Fruiti Cup, goodbye get together, and Target. I am sure I will get it all done in a week though because about this time next week I should be arriving in Germany on a layover to Switzerland. I only have one more week and I could not be any more pumped!
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Today, after I had been at work for about 30 minutes, something hit me like a cement truck-- no, it was not fatigue after staying up all hours of the night for trivia-- one week from today I will be leaving the beloved US of A for four months! First on my itinerary, I will be traveling to the poverty stricken nation of Switzerland (sarcasm, folks) to visit the Cozzio family. For those readers that are not aware, Mario Cozzio was our foreign exchange student (aka my second brother) for approximately a year. Now, almost exactly a year and a week later, I will be switching it up and staying with them for a week and a half before I head to Cairo, Egypt to study at the American University in Cairo.