(Translation - school's out!)
The last presentations have been made and all the tests have been written. It must be time to leave because they are predicting a snow storm for Calgary today and tomorrow. We can't say we will miss the weather because we won't - it is a stifling 37 degrees in Cairo today! We will have to make sure we are drinking lots of 'maya' (water so no-one gets dehydrated).
Last week most of the group of travelers were treated to an evening of Arabic immersion from our new friend Ahmed. This fellow SAIT student was kind enough to spend time with us teaching the basics of the Aabic language. We even tasted some baklava to get us in the mood.
It is extremely important to try and learn some basic words to use in a new country so our group will be heard saying; "Sabah Alker" (Good Morning), "Ezayak" (masc.) or "Ezayek" (fem.) (How are you?) and "Kwaysa" (fem.) (I'm good).
We learned that Arabic has a masculine and femine way of saying most things which will just add to our challenge of learning the language.
Being the polite group that we are we practiced "Men Fadlak" (Please), "Shokran" (Thank You) and "Al Afo (No Problem )
One that I think some of us might use a fair bit - "Bekam de" (How much is this?)
And finally a few other important words when travelling:
"Hamam" - bathroom
"Atshana" - thirsty (see maya above or bierre below)
"Bierre" beer or "Stella" (the local brew)
"Khamra" - wine
That is it for posts until after we arrival.
Salam (also goodbye) for now!