Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Cairo, etc.
My name is Dillon Webster. I moved from California to Cairo in August to study Arabic at the American University of Cairo’s Arabic Language Institute (ALI).
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
While I was getting ready for my time in Egypt I created my blog as a way to keep my friends and family apprised of my new life, and as a way to inform prospective student travelers about life as a student in Cairo.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Cairo differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
Life in Cairo is completely different life in California. I don’t think that I will ever be able to completely adjust living in Egypt, but that precisely why it is so much fun. I constantly find myself in awe of my new environment.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Cairo? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
Aside from having my luggage packed and a plane ticket, I was almost completely unprepared for life in Cairo. Looking back at my preparations, I wish I had packed more pairs shorts, and better walking shoes.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Cairo?
- Nothing can truly prepare one for life in Cairo.
- Bring a good refillable water bottle.
- If you enjoy your coffee black be prepared to be disappointed. Aside from Turkish coffee, it’s either watery Americanos or Nescafé.
How is the expat community in Cairo? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Because I am a student I have a lot of access to the younger expat community.
How would you summarize your expat life in Cairo in a single, catchy sentence?