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Saturday, August 18, 2012

This first week has been wonderful (and a bit overwhelming too!)...how could Cairo not be overwhelming though?!?!?
Here is a brief list of what we have done in 4 days:
Arrived
Apartment hunted
Moved in- we will post photos soon...
Visited Saqqara (ancient step pyramid...more later)
Took a Fellucca ride down the Nile
Ate yummy food
Got technology hooked up
Wandered neighborhood lost- looking for our new home (with 7 bags of "stuff")
Met 25 of our colleagues

So, the Fellucca was so calming. Our school's director scheduled it so that we can all let our housing worries float away down the Nile as we relax and watch the sunset. There are photos posted below. The Fellucca is a sailboat. We had Kosary (a type of Egyptian "take out")...yum!



The next day we went to Saqqara- ancient (2000 BCE) site that includes many tombs, pyramids and other remnants of the civilization.  Many mind boggling things to look at as you hear, "Madame, want to buy....?"  while strangers pick up your husband (Chris) and put him on a donkey and dress him in a head scarf!  The people want money for this fine opportunity of being man-handled and dressed up...amazing and funny too!! 

 Our day ended with a brief visit to an art community where 60 years a man moved to the outskirts of Cairo and taught 40 locals how to weave, batik and do pottery.  Today this site is a UNESCO site for architecture.


These past four days have been busy, hot, sweaty and terrifically exciting and challenging....but as we sit here in our apartment, which with share with nocturnal and speedy ants...we KNOW that we made a great choice of coming to Cairo and working for AIS-West!

1 comment:

  1. Glad to know you are settled in Cairo. I hope Justine finds her swimsuit!

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