We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

Don’t buy cheap batteries for your digital camera

That’s apparently a lesson I had to learn twice before it really sank in. Thus, I have no photos of our family bed, the current state of the house (imagine: disaster), or the 900 pounds of stuff we sent off with a shipping company today.

Giggle burned through the new batteries in an evening of fun with the camera. I had already packed the open pack, thus I was battery-less, a problem I remedied this afternoon. But not in time to snap photos of the sleeping area before it joined the rest of our furniture in the storage pod.

At least two different readers asked about the family bed (Hi Dad!). One said, “Wow, that’s great,” and the other (Hi Dad!), said, “Sounds crazy.”

It’s mostly been great. I’ve always been more inclined towards a family bed anyway, but Mr. Four prefers some privacy, and more importantly, space for sleeping. We all have been sleeping quite well these last few nights. Key has been that we have two twins plus our queen, so there’s an actual space for everyone plus the one cat left in the house. We may have a family sleeping area when we first get to Cairo as well, to help the boys (and us!) transition, but it’s hard to say what we’ll do until we see our new place.

The house is perhaps not a total disaster, but we have moved into a local motel for a few days. It has a pool! Which is great considering that this week our town is actually hotter than, yes, Egypt. The pool is helping offset the tragic loss of our bikes and many toys to the shippers.

Yes, the shipping company today came and picked up 16 various boxes and trunks packed to the brim with clothes, toiletries, toys. Can’t we buy these things in Cairo? Of course we can! But we’ve been hearing it’s best to bring good quality and cheap American clothes and our favorite assorted shampoos, toothpaste, etc, until we find locally available substitutes.

We were actually a few hundred pounds under the shipping allowance given by my employer. Which means I get to pretend we’re traveling light. Until we get to the airport and we’re one of THOSE families with a pile of bags on top of bags. Aforementioned employer will actually pay for us to check excess baggage, too, so we’ll have some big, heavy pieces of luggage. No matter how empty the house seems, there’s always something more to pack (including the made-for-digital-camera batteries I bought today).


7 August 2007 - Posted by | getting there, giggle, our life in egypt


  1. What an adventure!!!! I am a wee bit jealous. Maybe someone needs a social worker somewhere ….

    Comment by Stacy | 7 August 2007

  2. Hi there
    Boy its a big move.. I am an aussie living and working in Bahrian…..three letters…. HOT !!!! thats it!! very hot!!! was 51 the other day!! yuk!!! what brings you to this side of the world???
    daddy D ( father to Justice 5 years Ghana)

    Comment by darren | 8 August 2007

  3. Stacy, we do need a social worker to do one of our post-placement visits! Let me know if you decide to take a vacation to Egypt…

    Darren, wow, Bahrain. That does sound like an adventure. I had always been interested in living abroad, but now with our two sons, it seems more important than ever to give them (and us) a perspective beyond being American in the United States. And then, quite to my surprise, I saw an interesting job in my field available in Cairo, so we went for it. We have a great expat package, plus a furnished apartment waiting for us, so it’s a bit easier than if we were doing it on our own. It is a huge move, though. I hope the boys can roll with it–indeed, it might be easier for them than for us. And I’m really glad we’ll be able to travel in sub-Saharan Africa, certainly back to Ethiopia, and hopefully Tanzania, Kenya, and beyond.

    Comment by egypt4 | 8 August 2007

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