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Issue 72
7th June 2004

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Features & Articles

Continued ... 10 Types of Expats - What Type Are You?!

6. The Military Man and his Bedraggled, Rootless Family - The military man needs a break from life, but he's not going to get one. He was transferred here from home, most likely now fulfilling his "hardship tour," which is required at least once in the military man's career. His kids were probably ripped from their last high school and friends; they arrive friendly but internally guarded. The military man himself is a little cold, for he knows that in time he will have to move on. His family, bedraggled and rootless, frequently feels an emptiness that makes them desire a home more than anything. The military man's best friends are his own family, and you will find them occasionally playing baseball in the park.

7. The Enduring Wife Figure - She had no particular desire to come to Egypt. She did not develop a case of "Egyptomania" like her husband did. But she loves him, and once promised to follow him to the ends of the earth, or at least she has no other alternatives or convincing arguments to stay. While her husband leaves each day on his "quest," the enduring wife figure remains at home, caring for the children, inventing games out of scrap paper and broken crayons and chasing the children in circles at the park. When her husband returns home and relates his day's journey, she listens cheerfully and pretends to be interested. In reality she is only interested in him and the excitement he radiates.

8. The Bridge Builder - By increasing the understanding between cultures - principally between the Western and Arab world - the bridge builder will increase empathy, understanding, and therefore bring about "world peace." This Bridger would ultimately like to work for the Foreign Service, to be one who interprets cultural expressions or actions and shapes them into articulate signals the embassy can finally understand. The bridge builder is an idealist and her greatest desire is that she can "make the world a better place" through her ability to empathize and "cross-communicate" with both cultures. This type burns out fast.

9. The Orientalist - He's been here a good fifteen years, at least. The Orientalist is no longer surprised by anything in the culture. He knows most everything, has been practically everywhere. He speaks and writes Arabic by now, and so he believes he's earned the right to voice unsupported generalizations and biting criticisms. He'll tell you exactly what solutions are needed to modify troublesome Egyptian behavior. He may understand the culture, but that doesn't mean he agrees with any of it, and he tells you this straight out. His own bluntness fuels his drive to express himself. He likes to hear himself speak and give authoritative opinions of the way things and people are around him. Nod your head, he won't listen. The most you can do is quietly endure.

10. The Actual Expatriate - His remains, he has decided, shall not be repatriated to his godforsaken country, but shall find their eternal rest in Egyptian soil, a country that, despite its drawbacks, he has come to feel is his home. His own country is too commercial, too materialistic and too fat. The people are culturally insensitive and globally ignorant, he believes. His coming to Egypt may not have initially been with permanent intentions, but something convinced him that the way of life here was better. He has found a higher way of life, and in that spiritual conversion also found a cultural conversion. His heart is right here, smoking sheesha with his brothers around him.

Local News

Airline Ticket Prices to Increase

Legislation approved by the Egyptian parliament two weeks ago increasing taxes on foreign travel has sent shock waves through the aviation industry. The price of flight tickets was already increased by 15 per cent only two months ago, with the extra fees supposedly becoming effective from 1st July. Tickets are expected to be increased from LE150 to LE300 for first class tickets and from LE100 to LE150 for business and economy classes.

The government has also approved legislation to increase departure fees from LE5 to LE50, which will be also collected by airlines and added to ticket prices and which will be charged from 1st October.

What's On ... in Cairo

Foire aux Livres Français -
Du dimanche 6 au dimanche 13 juin 2004
Tout à 25 LE!

Venez vite à la librairie DIWAN à Zamalek, découvrir cette opération unique dans l’année :
des centaines de livres à 25 LE.

Prenez plaisir à fouiller sur nos tables de promotion : romans adultes, BD, beaux livres, cuisine, tourisme, jeunesse …

Mille et une surprises attendent petits et grands. Attention car les stocks sont limités. Alors dépêchez-vous !

Librairie Diwan
159 rue du 26 Juillet - Zamalek – Le Caire
Tél : (02) 736-25-78
Ouverte tous les jours de 9 h à 23 h.

What's On ... in Hurghada


Fashion Show

Friday 11th June- 8.00pm

Womans wear

  • Guaranteed unique samples
  • Comfortable cuts and designs
  • Natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and wild-silk.
  • Alles Unikate
  • Komfortabler Schnitt
  • Naturstoffe

Tommy Friedl
Beach wear & Sports wear


Firedance by Lana and music by Magadir

Villa Kunterbunt / Bordiehn´s Restaurant, Hurghada, Red-Sea, Egypt.
010 123 2354 or 010 545 9991

Next Attraction : Coming in August ...
The Bolschoi Junior Master Classes

Seagull Cinema

Coming soon ...

The Passion of the Christ
- This film tells the story of the last 12 hours in the life of Jesus on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. This film's script is based upon several sources, including the diaries of St. Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774-1824) as collected in the book, "The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ", "The Mystical City of God" by St. Mary of Agreda, and the New Testament books of John, Luke, Mark and Matthew.

Moby Dick

Parents & Kids

Air Travel with Babies and Small Children

Many people's option is "just don't do it"!! However, now that the schools are finishing and a lot of us are escaping to cooler climates with our babies and children in tow, here is a guide to help your trip go smoothly.

* Allow plenty of time at the airport for check-in and connecting flights. Remember how much longer it takes to achieve anything with kids in tow and apply the same formula to your travel plans!
*Shop around the travel agents and take your children with you. If the agent can't wait for you to leave, take his advice and spend your money elsewhere.
*To help decide whether or not to book a full child's fare for a toddler, see how long you can last with him on your knee in the armchair at home. Then make your choice.
*Check that your airline allows you to pre-book baby basinettes before the day of travel - not all will - otherwise you must wait until check-in to see if a basinette is available.
* Smile sweetly and helplessly at everyone and you may get help and be able to queue jump.
* Forget about style when choosing your traveling clothes - go for comfort, ease of wear and plenty of layers that can be removed if spills happen.
*Consider booking seats apart from one another if traveling with a partner. This way, one adult can rest whilst the other entertains the children
*Take your own baby supplies. The further from home the plane is, the fewer supplies there will be.
*Get your departure cards from your travel agent, if possible, and fill them out at your leisure at home, instead of in a mad rush at the airport.
* Always test the temperature of food heated in the aircraft galley before you give it to your child. If is often way too hot!
*A cabin bag with it's own wheels can hook over the handles of a baby buggy to aid in airport ease of movement.
*Get on the plane first and off the plane last to get a better chance of assistance from cabin crew.
*Keep track of baby's regular routine using a dual time clock, and gently adjust baby's routine as your holiday progresses.


Find out more at :
For Sale/Rent
Flat for sale. 1st floor in El Opour City, Nacer City, beside Alfa Market, Cairo. 130 square metres. Super luxury with telephone & private entrance. Price 165,000 LE. Please contact Mr Gamal Elraay. 010 601 5514. [email protected]
Apartment for sale (upper floor) in Kafr El Gouna, El Gouna resort. Two bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 guest bathroom, open kitchen, large reception, balcony. Overlooks the sea and Club House. Including A/Cs and possibly almost new furniture. Please call : 010 500 0625.

Les Petites Nursery, El Gouna, is looking for a female from overseas who can speak & read English or an Egyptian English Teacher. For an appointment please call: 012 393 4407 or 065 549702/03 ext 2225.

Wanted - Home in El Gouna. Looking to purchase or rent a villa/house in El Gouna. Furnished or unfurnished. Please contact: Wendy 012 243 9945
Camel Dive Club & Hotel is looking for 2 young, dynamic SALES PERSONS to join our busy Reservation Office in Sharm el Sheikh, South Sinai. The applicants must have: Minimum 2 years travel sales experience /Ability to work within a team/Excellent communications skills/Basic computer skills – MS word, Excel, Outlook/Licensed to Scuba Dive/ Native English with a 2nd language preferred/ Native German with English requested. Please send applications by Email to: [email protected], or call 069/600 046.
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