My little sister is going to Cairo, Egypt. For a year! I'm looking for some tips and information on living there.
A mess of background info: She's going with her school, a study abroad thing. She'll be 20. She's a religious studies major (she's Catholic, very smart and open-minded). Her other choice of destination was Ireland, but is thinking that Cairo would be more challenging and interesting than a typical "I'm an American student in Europe! Let's get drunk!" trip. Our family is Irish, and we all look it. She's really tall and super fair-skinned, so she knows she will not ever be very inconspicuous. She's contacted her school's Islamic student organization and her town's Islamic center and is setting up some Arabic classes and will be talking to people about Islamic culture. She's not too worried about terrorism, as a quick news article/State Department advisory search put most of those fears (mostly of our mother's, of course) to rest.
I'm looking for some good accounts, tips and resources for Americans or other Westerners living in Cairo. Google tends to turn up mostly tourist information, which is helpful but not for a long-term, actually living there situation, as well as pretty shallow in scope. As a fairly good example: Arthur
magazine's current series on a journalist and his brother travelling around Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. It's well written and not focused on, say, camel rides around the pyramids, like a lot of the "travelogues" I've found so far.
So... articles, books, movies, blogs, personal experience? I want to flood her with information.