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egyptbound



Joined: 02 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:46 pm    Post subject: coming to Alexandria Reply with quote

Hi all,
I have been reading this forum with interest and have found some useful info on Egypt in general. I'll be moving to Alexandria in September to work in an international school. I'm just wondering if there is a decent social life for a single guy and clubs/gyms around to keep me busy? It would be nice to meet fellow ex-pats (I'm Irish) although I also want to involve myself in the Egyptian culture as much as possible, that's the main reason I'm going there! I know Skehmet has mentioned that you have to go looking for the ex-pat scene, are there regular haunts where people hang out? Many other teachers out there? Thanks for your help.
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Sekhmet



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: Alexandria, Egypt

PostPosted: Wed Jun 07, 2006 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's plenty of stuff you can do here, and you should be able to meet other ex-pats fairly easily if you're working at an international school. Which one is it, if you don't mind me asking?
There's are lots of gyms and sporting clubs, although the kind of scene that most of us westerners are used to doesn't really exist here! But there are loads of places to hang out and have fun (although these are mostly malls!!)
I can't really think of any specific ex-pat hangouts, but the best bet might actually be to go looking around the few bars in the city on a Thursday night - you're sure to meet someone!! Anyway, like I said - there are going to be ex-pats at your school, and they'll know other ex-pats, so I'm sure it'll be fine!
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Zaphirelee



Joined: 28 May 2006
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Location: Korea- moving to Egypt

PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 9:45 am    Post subject: I'm also on my way to Alexandria Reply with quote

I'll be coming to Alexandria in September too. With five million people, I am pretty sure we can find things to do.
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egyptbound



Joined: 02 Jun 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 11, 2006 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Sekhmet. I'm sure you're right and other expats will be able to point me in the right direction. I lived in Korea and Spain for three years and that's always the way it started out. I'm really looking forward to getting out there and make the most of the opportunity to travel around. I'll be getting the same holidays as English schools, half terms etc.. and was wondering if you know any good short excursions out of Alex? I'll be working in the IBSA. Maybe see you (and zapphire) in September! Cheers
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omar_



Joined: 19 Jul 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Alex try mamoora and muntazah. You need to get out of Alexanria though also for a better time. Try Marina and Sharm Sheikh.
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eyda



Joined: 10 Jun 2005
Posts: 18
Location: Cairo

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 6:37 am    Post subject: Expat hangouts in Alex Reply with quote

Many singles tend to meet at the Portuguese Club, on the street behind the 'fruit stand on Horreya' in Roushdi. (Trust me, this type of direction will become crystal clear soon). Don't know what they're charging for membership now, but it's minimal.

The other place is The Sporting Club; apparently good if you like golf, but the pool may be filled with your students. There's also the Country Club, much quieter, out near the Hilton Green Plaza, on the way to Carrefour. Someone'll be able to point you in the right direction.

Alex's expat community is minute now, but it's really a nice place, ONCE YOU GET OVER THE CULTURE SHOCK!

Enjoy! Very Happy
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