We’ve heard countless times how Egyptians who move abroad usually miss the culture, family spirit, friends and the list goes on. All those things that involve emotional attachment are the cliches you’ve seen in movies, books, articles and basically everywhere.
Here’s a list you haven’t stumbled over before that we’ve gathered upon asking a few Egyptians who left home:
1- “بترمي الافيه يتفهم”, Mahmoud answered.
How often do we use our standard Egyptians comics/memes in conversations and chats? Yes, daily. Several times a day. This is exactly the same rate Egyptians abroad get turned off and refuse to crack a joke simply because الافيه مبيتشرحش.
How on earth would you explain to non-Egyptians Henedy’s jokes in ‘khalti Faransa’ or Bassiouny bassiouny (aka Kareem Abdelaziz) in ‘El-Basha telmeez’.
2- Getting infinite changes of wel3a for free!
This was one of the reasons an Egyptian used to count the hours to return to Egypt for a holiday!
Back where she lived, she had to pay an extra charge for each time she asks for a new wel3a. For which she had to spend a fortune over. Thus, she couldn’t wait to come back to her favorite Ahwa and pamper herself with all day, every day free-wel3a-kind of Shisha for revenge!
3- “طلعة فلوكة مع عم شاكر في النيل“, added Asser.
No, not the cheese that crossed your mind.
The thing about his answer is that he was so specific. Not the kind of ‘Za Nile, Za Byramids’ kind of answer we have heard in ‘3assal Eswed’.
He just seemed to be so certain about what he wanted to do if he had only 1 hour to spend in Egypt.
He would go to 3am Shaker, who seems more like a friend than merely the guy who rents or drives the Felucca, get enough of the view and the vibe and go back.
4- “The Randomness”, answered a Swiss guy who spent enough time in Egypt!
We guess he rather meant the flexibility more than the randomness. Here’s why he misses the randomness:
“Switzerland’s discipline and rules are chocking. Here in Switzerland if I miss the electricity collector, they send me a warning in 2 days that I haven’t paid the bill. A few days later, they cut power off my home. Back in Egypt, it didn’t work that way. I had the mobile number of the guy, and he had mine. Whenever he comes by and doesn’t find me, he used to give me a call, set another time to pay and TA TA it’s sorted out.”
4- “الغالية”, everyone shouted at once.
Because who doesn’t miss it?
Here comes ‘El-Shatafa’ as the only proof that we’re ahead of the first world countries in one domain!
For some unlocked reasons yet, they haven’t intentionally installed it to their bathrooms. Probably they don’t know how much Egyptians will be willing to pay for it!
5- “The potential”, answered Youmna.
After further insight on what she said, here’s what she meant:
Both in the UK and the UAE -where she used to live and currently lives-, things are built for proper/civilized human use. She missed the super creativity Egyptians non-voluntarily grow up with to figure out solutions for the little daily struggles they face.
As one good man once said, “Each fruit is good for a reason!” Apparently ours is good for its free wel3a, creative people, 3am Shaker’s Felluca, shatafa, and the randomness!