It was too good to be true to be able to come to Cairo and not have some stomach trouble. Unfortunately it all hit me at once and I had to spend the weekend recovering . However, while I was lying in the clinic all day on Thursday, outside student protesters locked all the gates on campus blocking access for faculty and students, leading to all classes being canceled. In a dispute between the Student body and the administration of AUC over tuition increases it seems that classes may be disrupted for the coming week and it will be interesting to see how events unfold.
Below with the pictures of the protestors are also some pictures I took of a famous market place called Khan El-Khalili. Khalili is one of Cairo’s largest and oldest Souks, dating back all the way to 1382. Filled with various vendors selling everything you could ever imagine, to coffee shops and restaurants it really is quite a scene to walk around. As soon as you pause outside a vendors shop they bombard you with a deal that they say is very good and especially for you(even though in reality it is overpriced by six or seven times). After walking around in what seemed like a maze of side allies and cobblestone streets it was nice to sit down at the famous coffee shop “El-Fishawy” and indulge in some Arab coffee and fresh juice.

Alexander, a junior, is double majoring in Sociology and International Relations. He is very excited to study in Cairo and learn more about the culture and language.

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