Fresh Off the Plane: To Uruguay and Back

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Alright, here’s the deal. Last week, I was relaxing on a beach in the most beautiful location on this side of the planet: Punta Del Este, Uruguay.  I wish you could have been there, it was truly something.  We met a lot of great people, and had some pretty priceless encounters.  Ever heard of a hamburguesa completa?  Aight, it’s like a burger with ham, fried egg, cheese, mayo, and a ton of grease.

We stayed at this hostel in La Barra, which is near Punta.  What a great time!  Seriously, if any of you make it to that part of the world, you gotta stay at this place.  It’s friendly, it’s cheap, it’s home: “Backpacker de La Barra”.

We spent a good amount of time in Buenos Aires.  One thing I learned that was a swift kick in my Egyptian butt, was a new appreciation for those who immigrate at an adult age, especially in our Egyptian community whom are lovingly called by some “F.O.B.s” (Fresh Off the “Blane”).  Now this trip to BsAs was the first international trip i’ve taken where I wasn’t under the protection and cultural ease of being in a tour group, so I basically had to try to fit in, language, culture, etc. and it was challenging.  I mean, I definitely got by, and I met a lot of great people, but it was crazy tough. I empathize so much with some of the new immigrants who now attend my church: you have to learn to transfer your personality into a language you haven’t mastered, so it’s difficult for people to really get to know you. Except I have the benefit of returning home after a few days.

So I wanna dedicate this post to all the ex-pats out there: this one’s for you.


Dude, fresh off the boat
You are welcome in my home
Please take off your shoes.

1/21/05 – PK

Unfortunately after coming home, I caught a nasty case of bronchitis.  I’ve been sick for the last 4 days, bedridden and it blows.

Anyone wanna bring over some chicken soup?