Day 1 – Tue 21/2/2012
Another attempt to get deported this time, hopefully there won’t be any more surprises so we won’t be delayed any longer.
We woke up around 5:00 to get ready, and it didn’t take us long, then we started our journey towards the gates waiting for our representatives.
I remember we started to move somewhere after 6:00 and we took the 7:00-ish train towards Cairo, and it was one hell of a journey from the gates towards the station, carrying heavy bags and duffle bags on our necks, walking on unpaved terrain and sand, wearing uncomfortable boots, etc..
On the train there were like millions of people standing and sitting and people coming and people going, this journey is going to be tough this way, we had to wait for many people to get off the train before we can find a place to sit.
We didn’t land in Cairo, or to be exact in Cairo’s station depot, the main station in Cairo, we landed in some station called “the institution” and we waited there for the buses that will take us to the airbase.
After a short while the buses came and we boarded them, we were so tired so we were falling asleep, until we found ourselves crossing the gates of Cairo towards Alexandria through the military police slot!!! I was terrified because if I had to pass through that lane every time I take a vacation and to get back to the airbase I might get harassed by the MPs , so I hoped and prayed that won’t be how it’s going to be.
We reached the base somewhere in the afternoon, and we were seated in front of the security office to be checked and to get instructed and to fill in some form needed by the military security, which is something very scary for all people whether they were civilians or not.
After we finished the whole security things we marched towards our place, the 59th ground defense battalion; an infantry unit attached to the airbase, with only one purpose and mission, protect all ground targets at any cost!!!
We reached the gate of our battalion, we dropped our luggage and the chief of staff of the base came “bearing gifts” he said that the commander of the bas has granted us a vacation till Sunday starting tomorrow; Wednesday. We were somewhere before nightfall and they told us the mess hall will be open for us now so we can eat something, of course we didn’t eat a thing since we woke up, and so we went to the mess hall to eat, we entered on 3 or 4 groups because the mess hall isn’t spacious enough for us, but the food was much better than boot camp’s mess hall.
We finished eating and we headed back to our barracks, we were randomly inserted in dorms so we can spend the night, and here’s a funny story: the bas was informed that they are going to receive 40 troops, then 80 but the actual number was 175 “112 came and the rest will take a mortar training and to be attached to the base by the end of March 2012.
So the natural result of this unexpected number of people came is that the dorms aren’t spacious enough for us too!!! And there’re no sufficient beds so we spent the night on the ground, well most of us did, and some of us spent it on mattress-less beds trying not to get a backbone ache or a slippery disk or something, it was really annoying and painful.