Cairo Hash

Wadi al Digla - Where we ran (borrowed from google images)

Where can you meet an Estonian diplomat, a Korean travel agent, a gypsy, a Canadian teacher couple, and some BP accountants all in one place?

The Hash House Harriers, Cairo branch. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Hash, it is commonly described as “The drinking club with a running problem.” This eccentric and eclectic group is fond of following a trail of flour through the Waadi al Digla desert in order to enhance their appreciation of the drinking and singing session to follow.

Flash back to some of your social studies classes in high school or college. You might remember discussing some of the things that have unified people all throughout history. This could be nationalism, religion, class oppression, or common enemies to name a few. Unfortunately, I think we spend very little time thinking about the smaller things in life that bring people together.

It’s oddly counterintuitive to think that such small things as running through the desert and having a few beers in a ritualized fashion can bring such a diverse group of people together. Seriously, I never thought I would have more in common with an Estonian diplomat in Cairo then the girl that sat in front of me in English class.

On the other hand, maybe it’s not so weird after all. Is it so hard to imagine the founding fathers of America discussing the injustice of British taxation at Buckman’s tavern after a round of polo (or whatever sport they played back then)? Maybe a group of French Bourgeoisie had too many glasses of wine and decided to do something about that tyrant Louis XVI.

Hmm, I have a sneaking suspicion that beer has been responsible for all the great movements in history.

On on!



One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Grandma Davidson on September 21, 2010 at 2:44 am

    Hi Dale,

    Enjoyed reading your blogs. Sounds like a real adventure and you are right electronics don’t make life, people make the world.

    The weather is slowly edging into fall. The pool at the condo closed yesterday and hopefully we’ll get another two weeks without a frost. The tomatoes are coming in fast and furious.

    Take care and we will continue to read about your adventures,

    Love, Grandma & Grandpa


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