I just had a German man come into the office and speak to me in Arabic.
Sure it was basic Arabic but talk about random. I think he is from our partner software company in Germany.
I’m not used to foreigners speaking to me in Arabic, most foreigners here have an automatic foreigner radar (foreig-dar?) that goes off whenever you see another of your ilk. For me I always punctuate this with a slap to Mr. MM’s arm while squealing, “look honey! foreigners!”
Ok, sure they’re usually pasty-white, wearing sundresses in December, and carrying around umbrellas for the sun, and I’m a lot less… uhm… noticeable in my “native dress.”
But really, I’ve picked out foreigners wearing niqaab so, foreig-dar is real.
Also he shook my hand and went around shaking the hands of my three other female co-workers. Normal for Westerners, not normal for Egypt.
And I still hate this country.
I am in real danger of becoming a hermit and recluse until I board the plane to go home.