Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Calm Before the Storm

Well, here's the lowdown. Greece was spectacular. I didn't want to come back at all. It was relaxing and perfect and we had the best time. We've been back a week and I still have a half unpacked suitcase in the hall. My allergies have been awful since we've been back and I can't wait to go to the doctor tomorrow and find what I can take while I'm pregnant. It's miserable.
So things are back to normal...for now. I think this is the calm before the storm. We're back in our routines for now but all of that is going to change soon. We have visitors coming in a couple of weeks, and they will be in Egypt for 3 weeks. They'll be traveling all over the country but this will be there home base. The semester will be over in a month, that means all of the normal end of semester things, but it also means that there are people who are leaving Cairo because they are only here for a year. And then there are people who are coming back next year, who we aren't going to see for 2 months, maybe more in some cases. So, I feel there are going to be a lot of parties, dinners, coffees, and "one last" this or that. And then of course there will be all the last minute preparations for leaving the flat for 2 months. Don't get me wrong, the countdown will begin soon and I can't wait to get home, but there are still things to take care of here. It's amazing that we've only been here a few short months, in the grand scheme of things, and I've already grown so attached so many people here. I am really going to miss them and it's going to be strange to be away for so long. But this is the life!

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Hello! I just stumbled upon your blog - I'm an American woman, married to an Egyptian man and we're moving to Egypt at the end of July. I love your blog so far. :) Anyhow, just thought I'd send you an email and see if you have any tips on meeting people in Cairo. We're actually going to be living in one of those crazy developments in the desert - Suleimaniya (on the highway between Cairo and Alexandria). I'm sure it will be nice there, but I want to try to avoid getting isolated!

Little about me - 27 years old, finishing my masters at the University of Chicago, have a baby that's one year old (congrats on the pregnancy, by the way!), and my husband will be going back and forth between Egypt and Afghanistan, where he currently works (long story). I've visited Egypt once, but it was back in Dec. 2005.