CONVERSATIONS UNLIKELY TO BE HAD IN THE NETHERLANDS, PT. 2
I'm having a cup of tea at an 'ahwa (coffeeshop) in Ismailiya. As expected, all other customers are Egyptian men.
The guy of the koshk next door starts cleaning the street, voicing his opinions on life and all it entails in no uncertain terms, entertaining all of us in the process. Until the 'ahwa owner comes out.
"Shut up, will you? The lady speaks Arabic!"
The koshk guy looks at me and asks in Arabic "Is that true?"
"Do you speak Arabic?"
"And you understand all the swear words I just used?"
I nod again. The 'ahwa bursts out in collective laughter.
"Alright," he says, "I better start swearing in Italian then!"