SURPRISE… I AM BACK IN CAIRO!!!
Okay honestly I know this is not much of a surprise if you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or read my Music Monday post. I have mentioned it there quite a few times, but either way… EEEEEeeeeeee I am back in Cairo and I couldn’t be happier!!! As I write this I am sitting in my apartment in Cairo with the biggest smile in the world. Ahhh I love this city so fucking much it’s insane… but let’s be honest y’all know the true reason I came back, right? Yup I am came back to be with the man of my dreams, my boyfriend, my other half… HIM.
Last time I was in Cairo was about 4 months ago and when I left… I left in tears and with a broken heart because I said goodbye to him & Egypt. My boyfriend and I had both decided we didn’t want a long distance relationship and I honestly thought I would never be coming back to Egypt or at least not for a very long time so we ended it. Little did I know how things would play out while I was off exploring Southeast Asia. Before I left Cairo though one of our best friends gave us a printed picture of the two of us as a gift. The night before I left Cairo my boyfriend asked me if he could write something on the back of the photo and if I could write something in his journal. I took the time and wrote a long letter to him (y’all know I can write and write and write) and well he of course a man of few words wrote this on the back of the photo:
It took me a while to get the courage to read what he wrote because I was scared and felt very guilty for choosing my love of travel over him. When I finally got the courage to read it I cried and was angry and yet so happy. I kept thinking how the hell could he know that this isn’t “the end of the story”. I thought how presumptuous of him, but of course it’s something he would say because at the end of the day I feel like he can read me more than anyone else in the world. He also mentioned that I was “the best thing that happened in his life-ever” he had mentioned that to me a few times before but to have it in writing for some reason brought a smile to my face. It was then that I knew I wanted him, because he too was the best thing to ever happen in my life-ever.
I then let him know that I was going to be coming back to Cairo, but wasn’t sure yet when. So even though neither of us wanted it we agreed to have a long distance relationship. I let him know that I needed to finish this part of my trip, because it was the last portion of my dream trip around the world and didn’t want to recent him for not seeing some of the things I wanted to see. I spent the next few months exploring Southeast Asia and loving it, but always thinking of him. I’d see the sunrise and want to see it with him, I’d see the sunset and would want to see it with him, I’d see a million things and always wanted to share the experience with him. Yes I still got crazy like my 15 days in Koh Tao or naked night in Boracay (oh he got very mad at me over that incident), but the longer I was away from him the more I just wanted to be with him. I decided I was cutting my time in Southeast Asia short and going back to Cairo for the last 2 months of my crazy journey around the world.
So here I am back in Cairo and I couldn’t be happier. Yes according to the news Cairo is very “unstable” I mean look at the photo of the new stencil street art found in Tahrir Sq. soooo scary they say “FUCK YOU”! I’ve already been asked a few times if it’s safe to be coming back to Cairo because the unrest that happened recently and the answer yes it is very safe. Seriously unless I happen to be in Tahrir Sq. when a protest erupts the chances of me encountering them are slim to none. Also the protest are always in a concentrated area… so riots may be happening on a street and two streets down it’s like nothing is happening and people are still smoking Shi Sha and drinking Chai.
I was back in Cairo in time for New Years which also happens to be his Birthday. We celebrated both at a huge Gay party that honestly I can’t wait to write about (will after I catch up on the rest of my travels). I had never been to a Gay party in Cairo, because one their aren’t that many and two because the risk of attending is going to jail if it’s raided. We had a blast though, but the best part of it all was that at midnight I was able to ring in the New Year kissing him. I’ve been back for 5 days now and they have been amazing. This time around we got our own little apartment in Cairo. It’s not the nicest apartment in the world, but it will do for now for the two months I will be spending here. Plus this is the sunset views I can see from the door of our apartment:
The craziest thing about it all is that I met him on January 16, 2012… so we are about to be celebrating our one year anniversary. Oh and yes we are considering that the start of our relationship, because from the moment we met we have spent every single second that we could possibly spend together together. So yes… I can’t believe it’s about to be a year.
Anyway with 2012 behind us and knowing that it was one of the best years of my life not only because I met him, but also because of the many amazing things I was able to accomplish I now have 2013 to look forward to. The hardest part that lies ahead for me will be the end of this 2 year journey around the world. Yes even though I haven’t purchased my ticket home it will be ending soon and I know it will be hard for me when I do get back home. This time though when I leave Cairo I will not be saying goodbye to him or Egypt I will be saying see you later, because my plans are to return and live in Cairo for a few years with him. So he was right it wasn’t the end of our story and even though we know the road that lies ahead will not be easy we’ll take it one day at a time and see what lies ahead for the both of us.