Because the majority of people in Egypt are Muslim, Egyptian government offices and business observe Friday as the day of rest.Many government offices are open Sunday through Thursday, and most universities and some private schools also hold classes Sunday through Thursday, and are closed Friday and Saturday. "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood." Last night, I had this interesting conversation with one my girlfriends in Cairo. It is always nice to catch up with her about our girly and non-girly news despite the distance.Men and women usually live at home with their parents until they get married.Traditionally, extended families lived together, however, with the new situation in Cairo - as houses were abandoned in favor of apartments - the traditional family has given way to the nuclear family.“The time when the man treats you well, buying you [special] gifts and [going out of his way] all changes once you’re married,” she said.
We talked about so many things, among them was marrying an Egyptian or a western. It is all about the person himself regardless, but in my subconscious I am so aware of my Egyptian culture that of course includes men.This is manifested in numerous ways, but a clear example is in the context of dating/relationships.There are a lot of single Coptic men and women in Western society that are hamstrung by a compulsion to observe community tradition and divine instruction."Letters from Egypt," a blog discussing becoming acclimated in Egyptian society after moving from the US in 2008, along with the lessons and adventures I stumbled upon during my nearly seven years there.“My Mohamed is Different,” or MMD, as told to me by a friend of mine regarding foreign women dating Egyptians (alternately, I prefer MAD - My Ahmed is Different).