That’s what the title means, incase you were wondering why that word had a number in it. Arabs had to come up with a way to write Facebook statuses somehow.
You know that saying that says “I’m too Arab for Americans and too American for Arabs”? Yeah I feel that on a spiritual level, especially when I go to Egypt. I walk around SoCal like i’m way too cultured for everyone and then i go to Egypt and i’m like “omg why don’t i have LTE here??” Especially because with one glance or if i even open my mouth, everyone can tell I’m clearly not a native. But even with all that, i still feel like i belong, like it’s home. Except for the fact that i’m not decked out in whatever is currently in style in Egypt (jersey hijabs and bright colors at the moment lol).
*Fun fact*: I actually lived in Egypt for a year when I was younger, not that i really remember it but hey it happened okay.
Egypt is honestly a mess but it’s my mess ya feel. You’ll be in Cairo standing in the heart of the city and turn around and ope would ya look at that, a desert and some pyramids. like where else can you get that? Besides the fact that it’s the country of my and koshari’s (an iconic Egyptian dish) origin, the amount of history is insane. They don’t call it “um el donya (the mother of the world” for nothing. Um el donya wi um alby (the mother of the world and my heart)??? idk i tried.
So many of my best memories are either in Egypt or because i’m Egyptian (the jokes don’t end with us, even when it’s completely inappropriate, very obnoxious tbh but i wouldn’t trade it for anything).
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“Is Egypt really ‘um el donya’ or does every country call itself that?” – my sister.
Honestly i don’t even know where to begin with this post because not to be dramatic but Umrah was one of the craziest experiences of my life. Saudi Arabia is something else. That being said though it was also one of the most surreal experiences of my life and i know i’ll never have another like it. Like everything i saw, i literally spent years learning about in Islamic Studies textbooks. Just sitting and staring at the Ka’aba could honestly be a day long ordeal, seriously mesmerizing. One thing however that the textbooks did not warn me about was the people. It’s wild as hell out there, but there’s something so beautiful about the fact that everyone is there for the same reason.
We spent about 4 or 5 days in both Mecca and Medina and it’s crazy that i literally got used to my routines there. Waking up, getting some hotel breakfast (which was amazing btw, s/o to having Egyptian workers hook us up just because we were also Egyptian), and then going downstairs to explore the cities and pray all of our prayers at the Ka’aba and Masjid Al Nabawi, amazing.
Umrah and just being in these holy cities isn’t a feeling you can really describe, it’s just something you have to experience for yourself ya know.
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It’s a city that’s exciting, it’s a city that’s inviting, it’s a city for a woman just like meee! There’s a lake they call Lake Michigan, I think I’m really fitting in, this city is my perfect cup of teaaaa! Chicagoooo, Chicagoooo. That’s just a sneak peak to how this trip went because I kid you not, there wasn’t a moment that that song wasn’t stuck in my head, thanks Trina Vega. Anyways sooo I went to Chicago like a couple of weeks after I went to Yosemite and New York so I honestly think my body just like got hella used to the freezing cold which made this Californian’s life a lot easier.
A major highlight of this trip definitely had to be the Women’s March and seeing so many people all over the world come together for women’s rights really warmed my heart. Also seeing hella hijabis and Muslim women there was the icing on top like yes sis we’re in this together. I would also like to point out that it was freezing cold that whole week until the day of the Women’s March when the sun finally made an appearance, it was just super cute and much appreciated okay.
I really don’t have that much to say besides the fact that my heart will always have a soft spot for Chicago, ily girl. This was my second time here and this city just gets even cuter as cheesy as that sounds, like I already miss it. Actually who am I kidding, I missed it already while I was still there, like just knowing I had to leave at some point lol.
Well thanks for reading this post! Also I lied in my last post, I said I wasn’t gonna make y’all wait 47 years for this post but oh well, c’est la vie. lol I can’t believe I actually said that goodbye.
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“Hi everybody! Is this thing still on?” – Obama on Twitter, post Trump inauguration. Too soon? Yeah just a bit lol. Well I may be a bit rusty considering I haven’t posted a blog post since the 1800s but nevertheless lets do this thing! I sound like a suburban pee wee soccer coach it’s fine. Anyway I was recently back in New York City over winter break and lemme tell ya, I can only dream to reach the level of photogenic that is this city. It took a while to get used to the maze that is the subway system. Like legit our first hour in the city, we took the wrong train, one that was going the complete opposite direction, and ended up in the Bronx. Needless to say, there wasn’t a moment after that that I didn’t have google maps open, she really pulled through that week. From hitting every iconic spot from my favorite TV shows to just sitting and breathing in the polluted air, every moment was so surreal.Ugh I really missed it lol. Also I am very proud of my Californian bones for making it through the freezer that this city is in the winter. Although I must say, it snowed when I was in Times Square at midnight and I was mesmerized. Speaking of Times Square, I did something I actually never thought I’d do, I saw the ball drop on New Years so that was aight I guess lol. Another thing I’d like to point out is, I am a very fast walker and my friends and family literally never fail to give me crap about it and it was SO NICE having everyone walking the same speed as me, ily new yorkers.
Okay honestly though thanks for taking the time out of your oh so busy schedules to read this, it means a lot lol. I’ll really try posting a bit more. I’m not as busy right now because things have finally started to slow down a bit this semester; however I do have multiple assignments due tomorrow and a quiz yet I’m sitting here writing this so yay. I also recently went to Chicago so I’ll try to have a post up about that soon and I promise I won’t make you wait 47 years for it. Thanks!