Over the last few weeks we’ve experienced many exciting and “blog worthy” things. While “the situation” in Cairo became increasingly complicated and terrible (especially this week), we were off exploring the rest of this amazing country. A trip down the Nile and back in time visiting the ancient sites from Luxor to Abu Simbel, relaxing in the heat of beautiful Aswan, then a last minute trip to celebrate Eid in laid back Dahab, including a hike up Mt. Sinai. All helped us adjust to and appreciate our new home country, despite its many problems. The day after we came back to Cairo we moved in to our new apartment. We have a yard!! Yay!
I have a bunch of posts in progress my drafts folder, but a few factors (plus the fact that I have and will always be bad at keeping on top of these types of things) have prevented me from keeping my dear (5?) readers up to date on our adventures. Before we left for our cruise the computer got a virus, then on our second day visiting all the breathtaking and majorly photographic ruins our good camera died! Of all the times for that to happen! Thankfully on day three some fellow tourists lent us their extra camera for the remaining two days, and my phone takes ok pics. Back in Cairo we found a place to order the needed camera part, and we bought an inexpensive camera as back up. And what’s a travel blog post without pictures?!! So I still need to upload photos off the various memory cards and sources before I can do our wonderful experiences justice and share them with you! Excuses excuses! Soon, I promise… (I just knew I would be the worst “blogger” of all time…)
And a brief update about “the situation”: we are doing well in Maadi, which is a safe neighborhood largely unaffected by what is happening in many other neighborhoods.What you see on the news is happening in isolated pockets far away from where we are. There is a curfew in effect, from 7pm to 6am, so we make sure to come home earlier in the evening. But during the day we hang out in some safe places with other people in order not to feel too isolated and trapped. Tal has been having a blast playing with all his new friends: Everyone simply loves him! Our new apartment is lovely, with the huge important bonus of a beautiful backyard (or “garden” as it’s called here). So we’re not as stir crazy as we would have been if we were still living in our last (strange and unhomey) apartment. We’ve explored much of Egypt, but have yet to explore Cairo. I’m antsy to get to know this city, but that will have to wait until things are more stable. Insha’allah.