Monday, 1 February 2010

A day in the life

It was moderately hot when i got up today, so in response i immediately coated myself in a thick layer of factor 20.

Today i went to the Arab Institute, a private boys school, to arrange my teaching timetable there. I will be teaching three groups, aged from 12 up to 17. The school is pretty well resourced, although still below the level of a British comprehensive, and it also houses local orphans.

I then headed to the community center where i met Ahmed, a music teacher, who is very good on the Oud. He played for about half an hour and i then had a go, finding my guitar skills at least partly transferable. Ahmed thinks that Israel and the US are planning an attack on Iran in the summer. Perhaps more credible after Blair's comments at the Chilcot enquiry?

The evening was spent in a local Cafe, were local men gather to smoke shisha, play cards, and socialise. The only female presence was a performance on the TV by Umm Kulthum, the legendary Egyptian singer (see picture). The cafes are in contrast to the university campus where women and men mix more freely.

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