Greetings from a cooler and clearer Cairo!
Weather wise, today is the best day we've had yet. It's not so hot and the smog is not so thick. It's a great day to go to the Pyramids - yah!
Yesterday was another wonderful day. We started the day off with a tour of a technical school in Nasr City. This was similar to a private boys high school with all programs related to technical programs: construction, electronics, welding (Dennis LOVED this lab), and automotive. There's also a private girls school, which I asked about, but we were unable to attend. There is an application process and the annual fee to attend is 200 pounds. This school was built in 1996 and was the most impressive educational facility we have seen yet. It filled us with hope. :)
We then visited with AMIDEAST. This organization does the ESL classes for our CCI students prior to their arrival in the USA. The instructors there expressed an interest in working with our ELA instructors so that they may enhance the learning experience for the students. We'll need to discuss this further.
The day wrapped up with a wonderful dinner reception at the home of Dr. Lohof, from the Fulbright Commission. He has a lovely place overlooking the Nile River. Dinner was great and I want you to know that I met 4 Egyptian men who prepared all the food! Incredible.
This morning we visited the US Embassy. The meeting was okay.....nothing exciting to report. We're now preparing for our 11 a.m. departure to the pyramids. Some from our group will continue on to the famous Cairo Museum but I'll return after the Pyramids for a meeting about the Egyptian educators program.
The internet connection is to slloooowwww to post photos right now. So sorry.
More to come soon!
The journey continues.....