I was at a club last night in downtown Cairo with some friends and I had an experience that I thought was comical and worth sharing. My friends and I were dancing to some shitty house music when I looked over and saw a chubby Egyptian guy leaning against the wall, clearly longing for some attention, clad in a Pi Beta Phi sweatshirt.
I went up to him and asked him in Arabic if he spoke English. He did. I then asked where he got the sweatshirt. In a pretty strong accent he replied, “In the United States.” From his face I could tell that he had no idea what it was, except that it was American, and thus in his eyes, cool. I asked him if he knew what the Greek letters on his sweatshirt meant/represented. He didn’t. I said, “It’s a sorority.” He didn’t know what that was so I tried to explain over the loud music that it’s a “group of girls that…” He looked concerned. I saw that it was a futile effort to explain the concept so I slapped him on the back and said, ‘Nice sweatshirt.”