We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

Well, hello there 3am

Usually jet lag is easier going west, but we’re awake in the wee hours as it’s mid-morning in Cairo. But we had a great day Thursday.

We signed a lease for a rental house. It’s a bit snug, but nicely laid out with an open kitchen-living room (with a fireplace!)-dining area, one bedroom, and one bathroom downstairs, and two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. The closets are generously sized. The small, fenced yard has plenty of room for Mr. Puppy to romp and fetch. It has a one-car garage that will be perfect for storing bikes, skateboards, and Mr. Four’s tools.

The best part is the neighborhood, with mostly older, renovated houses and, based on stuff in the neighboring yards, at least a few other kids. The sidewalks are well-maintained and street traffic is light. I’m looking forward to walking the dog and checking out the nice yards and houses on the streets nearby.

Plus we’re just two blocks away from a funky commercial district with great restaurants and shops. We’ll be able to walk to Giggle’s school as well as public transportation.

After we signed the lease and had a delicious lunch (burritos with spinach! fresh-squeezed apple juice! fresh guacamole!) at a neighborhood restaurant, we went to a nearby park with a playground and a dog park. The boys ran around outside, on the grass, with the pup for the first time since we left the US in July.

In the late afternoon, we got together with some old friends from our raft guide days. Mr. Four and I haven’t seen these folks in years. The boys had a great time with their five year old daughter, who is just as crazy as my two, and we had a great time drinking local beer, eating Indian food, and catching up. It’s quite a treat to move to a new city with old friends.

Now we’re biding time til we can start our Friday. Our friends loaded us up with sheets and air mattresses, so we’ll set up temporary quarters in our new house; our furniture should be somewhere close to Dream Town by now and we expect it to be delivered in the next week or so.

We have to do all that new house stuff, like setting up internet, switching the electricity our name, forwarding mail, etc. And we’ll start the car search (as soon as we decide what kind of car to get).

I’ll also take Giggle to his new school and get him registered.

So far, so good. I’m so happy to be back.

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9 October 2009 - Posted by | repatriation

7 Comments

  1. Someone in yesterday’s post mentioned a Toyota Matrix and i would like to second that. We loved our Matrix. It was a fun car and still great for families! :)

    Comment by Typ0 | 9 October 2009

  2. So exciting! Good luck with the school registration tomorrow!

    Comment by cindy | 9 October 2009

  3. wish i knew where dream town is … maybe we need to move there!

    Comment by Stacy | 10 October 2009

  4. Congratulations on a smooth move! I’m curious as to how moving the puppy went, having never traveled internationally with an animal.

    Comment by Libby | 11 October 2009

  5. Libby, good question.

    The pup did really well. He’s small enough to fit in a carrier that slides under the seat in the airplane, so he’s a carry-on dog.

    He doesn’t like it, but he tolerates it really well. He slept most of the way. It was a long trip with about 24 hours of travel time. He only peed once the whole time, in a bathroom at JFK. I cleaned it up, of course. I wasn’t sure where else he could go. He’s been a little bit anxious, but mostly he’s doing really well. It helps that I’ve been walking him a bunch, and he can now play in our little yard.

    Comment by Ms. Four | 11 October 2009

  6. Thanks! It sounds like he did VERY well (and has a bladder of steel)! I’m glad it went smoothly for the whole family.

    Comment by Libby | 12 October 2009

  7. Welcome back!! Hope you enjoy reintegrating. I also wonder how long it will be till it’s all “normal”. Looking forward to reading more about how it goes….

    Comment by Brandi Tuttle | 24 October 2009


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