Here is an interesting short story about Zach traveling on such a short notice to Cairo, Egypt to meet his friend Mohammad.
You can read the transcript below.
It was the end of the year in 2016 when I received a call from a production I was to be working with. We had already decided that in two days I was to fly to Melbourne to begin shooting, but
The only problem was with the holiday season, and Chinese New Year coming up Beijing was a ghost town, and everyone I knew already had
He had messaged to check in and see how the wrapping of my current sitcom was
‘I’m serious, come to Egypt.’ He says looking more intently at me.
‘What? This is so last minute, what
‘Visas you get on landing, round trip tickets are $600, and you can stay with me and my family.’
‘I can’t impose on your family like that. You only see them once a year, you should enjoy your time with them.’
‘They’ve known me for 28 years, it’s time they meet you.’ He laughs.
He then turns the camera and I see his whole family sitting on the couch, ‘they all want you to come.’ He said.
After speaking for a few more minutes, I open up an app and book a
After the following day of
It’s a few hours past midnight when I finally make it past customs and out of the airport when I am greeted by Mohommad and two of his friends Fakka, and Raga. We then hop in his car blasting tunes and careening around the roads of Cairo. ‘See that building there? It’s the former citadel.’
‘Wow, looks really old.’ I say.
‘Not so old.’ Fakka
You see that river?
That’s the Nile.
‘What??? Can we get out, I need a picture!’
‘It’s night, you won’t see anything.’
‘That’s the Nile, the birthplace of civilization. I need a picture.’
They laugh and stop the car.
Several minutes, and several laughs later we are passing down an incredibly busy street known as Sherra Al
Look. Says Mohommad
What? I say
The pyramids he says.
‘Where.’ I say more excitedly. I
‘No that’s a pyramid.’
‘I don’t see it Mohommad.’ Thinking he is just picking on me.
Look more up, he says.
Looking up to humor him more than anything else that’s when I see them for the first time. About 400 feet above from where I was looking I see the outline of the great pyramid of Giza.
‘Stop…’ I begin to say.
‘Zach it’s too dark to take a picture, don’t worry we’ll come back in the day time. They’ve been here awhile and they won’t go away any time soon.
Two days later we awake at about 8 in the morning we hop in an uber to meet a friend of Mohammad’s before going to the pyramids
While walking with Mohammad among the camels to take a tour I hear a woman’s voice says, ‘
Thinking I know her we strike up a basic conversation. By her accent in
She is telling me she is a big fan of my work when Mohommad comes and warmly greets her in Arabic. And they begin talking a mile a minute.
I’m gobsmacked, ‘never in my life have I met a Chinese person who speaks Arabic so well.’
Her and Mohommad begin laughing so hard and she takes off her sunglasses, she then says to me, ‘actually you have never met an Egyptian speak Chinese so well.’ She says shooting Mohommad a challenging glare.
After saying a quick goodbye we begin walking again and I see them.
Three towering structures looming so far
As a child reading history books I always found it laughable that Pharaos
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