Sunday, July 18, 2010

I could get used to this...

Well, it's been almost a month since I've posted, which I regret. Life here is getting more and more busy and crazy every day. I'm leaving Egypt in just over two weeks. I wish I had more time to update this blog and write in my journal, cause I'm having some incredible experiences. I don't know if I should try to make up for lost time and go back a month trying to catch up, or if I should just pick up from today and move on. Final exams have already started and I think things will just get busier... we'll see though. Blogging could be a good break from the studies...


For today, I'll just say this: I could really get used to this... In fact, I AM getting used to this. Lately I've realized that there's so much to life in Egypt that takes getting used to, but once you're acclimatized, and you take a step back, it all seems really funny. 

Anyway, here are some things I've become accustomed to as of late: 

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cooking from scratch almost every day


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cooking everything in our one pot... even scrambled eggs.

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amazing frozen yogurt

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buying water everyday 

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storing water in case our water stops working

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storing food in the freezer out of fear of bugs getting into it

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egyptian peanut butter or zabadi fool sudani (so good)

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this 100-foot tangle of cords that runs through our house to supply us with the internet 
(luckily for me, the wi-fi works in my room only!)

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wet roads - they're always wet... and dirty.

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the sun

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the lack of sun when there's too much sand and pollution

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hanging and seeing laundry outside

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the money, and how far it goes... I will really miss the outrageously low prices

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the smell of this elevator - it used to be horrible

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the entry way to my apartment building 

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hanging out with egyptians all day... and, i should add, the way they dress.

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60 cent koshiry, with condiments in little plastic bags

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these beautiful yellow trees

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seeing people with impeccable balance carry things atop their heads

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raw meat hanging out in the open covered in flies

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awesome bicycles

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even more awesome cars (i want them)



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sitting through 4-6 hours of class with my cool teachers, Arwa (Libyan political refugee) & Sayyed (very Egyptian, and very funny).

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the crowds

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the way women carry their kids on their shoulder... try it.


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talking to loved ones on skype (love this girl!)

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tiny kids playing in the street, often without shoes

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internet sites refusing normal access because I "appear to be in Egypt"

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looking around at my surroundings in awe, and realizing that soon I won't be...

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and then there are the things you never get used to... like seeing a child flying a kite atop a building.  



he's the tiny figure on the right.


I'll miss this place. 

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8 comments:

  1. I like this post and all the unique things that you are experiencing. I am sad for your time to be drawing to a close in Egypt, but glad that when it does you come here to the bonnie land. Good luck with all your crazy exams, I am sure you will do wonderfully!

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  2. After seeing the meat hanging there I'm amazed you've managed to stay "healthy". Can't wait to see your other pictures! Go show Dill you're smarter than he is by acing his exam ;-)

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  3. Amazing post.
    hug hug hug hug

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  4. I am so happy that you are loving it. I wish that you were coming to Jerusalem with David and Will so we could explore again. I will just have to see you back home. xo - A

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  5. What a great post!
    I know you love it there, but I can't wait for you to be done! Just wish you were moving to SLC.

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  6. All I can say is wow. Keep in touch!

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  7. I loved this post and almost got teary eyed by the end. love how in awe you are. I am in awe of you.
    hugs,
    mom

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