I’ll be leaving Egypt soon. I’ve had a cell phone here, as most everyone does and thought it would be good to write out the contacts for memory’s sake. It’s odd thinking of leaving all of these faces behind… some I know well and they have become good friends, others are acquaintances, yet others are random meetings in the metro, bus or street. All have a story which I soon won’t be a part of anymore.
I have 6 weeks left here before heading back to France and then the US in January. This year has shaped me in many ways, and the names below were a big part of the learning process. If you want to call to talk about it, my number is: +20 (0)1 68 13 67 18. Would be good to hear about your world too, would help with the transition and all that… Salaam!
Abdu – One of my co-workers here at Sheikh Sina
Abdu M Tur – A guy a met in El-Tur while playing dominoes and smoking Shisha
Afrash Metro – A guy I met on the metro that wants to practice his English
Ahmed Mubarak – The man that was digging a big hole into the rock by my house with a pickaxe
Ahmed – My neighbor, friend and our Sheikh Sina Accountant
Ahmed Taxi – Will give me a ride around St. Catherine’s in his old bright green beat up car if needed
Alex Kleeman – My fellow pilgrim on last summer’s Camino who stopped by St. Catherine’s for a visit in July
Anne Marie FTE – The director of Free Trade Egypt who I had a meeting with in Cairo once
Azza GCC – Member relations officer at the German – Arab chamber of commerce
Becks – My sister
Becks Israel – My sister in Israel
Cecile NS Xchg – A lady I never met but that coordinates the North South Exchange in Cairo
Dave – My coworker, office mate and running partner, in charge of training up guides for Sheikh Sina
Daviff – Ultreïa
Debs – My sister
Dr. Ahmed – The man down wadi Itla’h who teaches about traditional Bedouin herbal remedies in his Garden.
Eric – Backpacker concierge a start-up in Cairo, he sends us customers.
Erin Lawyer – A girl I met at a house party in Cairo who was thinking of coming to St. Catherine’s
Essam TO – A guy interested in marketing our trekking products in Belgium
Faraj – Owner of Fox camp and one of the beneficiaries in Sheikh Sina
Farhan – My friend, the first Bedouin to welcome me into his home.
Farhan Katreen – A guide who took one of our groups up Mt. St. Catherine’s
Gameel – One of my co-workers here at Sheikh Sina
Gharib Safari – A great guide in the western Desert who took Jenna and I on a three day Jeep safari
Gina Penninsula – A lady in Dahab who wanted us to write for her magazine
Gordon – One of the expats here in St. Catherine’s starting up his own business
Hageazy – One of the staff at Bedouin Camp
Hamed – Father Justin’s assistant in the Monastery library
Hamed Micro – A microbus driver
Hassan Fruit V – One of the guys who holds the produce stand I buy from
Hussein – Driver for one of the other E.U. projects
Jack – A reporter who came on a one day hike to write about the project
Jameel Al Karm – The manager of Al Karm ecolodge
Jared – My friend in Amman
Jeannette Work – My Project manager
Jeannette – My friend in St. Catherine’s
Jebally – Fox camp manager
Jeff Neumann – Reporter for Egypt Today that wrote an article about our Project and the Bedouin here.
Jenna – My girl
John Crowe – A home in Cairo
Khalil Sudan – A guy in Heliopolis who kept calling to ask about my sister who he seemed to fancy.
Khaled – An architect on one of the EU projects
Linn Crowe – A home in Cairo
Lubna GCC – Magazine editor for the German Chamber of Commerce – Came out to write about the project
Mabrouk – The man who designed the project for the E.U.
Marie – My French friend in Katreen
Mark Knutton – The man renting Bedouin camp and starting his own trekking company – Bedouin Paths
Mhmd Pickup – A guy that gave me a ride home once
Mhmd Ali Micro – My microbus driver
Mhmd Eid – A Bedouin EU field officer
Mhmd Mafrash – The man I bought a carpet from
Moehl – My friend who passed through for a visit
Mohamed Hussein – Not sure who this is
Mohamed Pyramid – A kid I met at the pyramids who insisted I take his tel
Mohamed Musa – Sheikh Musa’s son
Mohamed Jewel – Owner of a hotel in Dahab
Mongy – Volunteer who worked with us on designing the ecolodges
Mousa Pipeline – My neighbor who works on the pipeline bringing water from the Nile to St. Catherine’s
Musa Football – I guy I played football with
Musa Kebir – Old Musa
Musa Feiran – A guy I met on the Bus who lives in Wadi Feiran
Naguib Amin – A consultant for the EU who stopped by a few times to tell us how to do things.
Nashua – Project manager of the Architecture program
Nasser Tur – A man in El Tur who wanted to crash at my house
Omar – The only Egyptian man that I know of married to a Bedouin woman. I’m at his house fairly often.
Paul NBS – A teacher from the New British School in Cairo bringing a group of students out on a hike
Philip – My friend in Cairo
Philip Palestine – Same friend in Palestine
Poppop – My grandfather
Rajab Eid – My co-worker and lead guide
Ramadan Micro – Microbus driver
Rania – Summer intern/volunteer
Saad Fraj H2o – The guy that delivered my drinking water for a while
Said Micro Bra – Microbus driver
Said English – The English teacher in St. Catherine’s
Salama Eid – One of our guides
Saleh Musa – Manager at Bedouin Camp
Saleh Arbaeen – A cameleer
Salem – One of our guides
Sheikh Musa – Big man in town and one of the beneficiaries of our project
Siggy – My co-worker at Sheikh Sina and friend
Stephan – A german anthropologist who was in the area this summer doing research for his book
Suliman Saada – A guy who works in the monastery and gave my sister a royal tour while she was here
Suliman Micro – A microbus driver
Tariq Microbus – A mircobus driver
Travis – He came on a hike back in March, we meet in Cairo when I’m there
M’Salem – Our guide during a 120 km trek through the desert.
Vanessa – She wrote for the British guidebook footprints and I held her head while a doctor stitched her lip.
Wadala Ayman – Don’t know who this is
Wafaa – Lady who works at the Swiss – Egyptian business association
Yasser – A would be Sheikh Sina volunteer
Yehiya Bus – The man who runs the bus station in St. Catherine’s
Zayman – The number to Castle Zayman, the best eatin’ in Sinai
Zoltan – My ex-coworker and friend