We Four in Egypt

Now back in the US!

The cloud behind the silver lining

It’s not all kushari and pyramids here, folks. Here are some of the tougher adjustments we still need to make:

Sidewalks
It’s great to walk to so many places (or easily hail a taxi if it’s further), but with a few exceptions, my area of town doesn’t really have sidewalks. At least not for more than a few feet at a time. Even downtown has roads where people mostly walk in the street. Plus cars have the right of way (seriously!). Our first few days, we spent a lot of time talking with the boys about this til Giggle started parroting, “Cars are dangerous!”

Outdoor play
Bug, on the deckWe’re really missing our yard, especially the boys’ easy access to it. With a fenced in back yard, they could always go outside on their own to play on the deck or in the grass. And our large front yard gave us even more play area. Plus we had a great town park around the corner. This is exacerbated here by the lack of public facilities: you pretty much need access to a private club (think YMCA, JCC, country club, etc) in order to have open space and a pool. We need to join one soon.

Pollution
Is that morning haze a lovely fog? Umm, no. Cairo ranks as one of the world’s most polluted cities.

Illiteracy
A personal problem we’re hoping to remedy. Actually, we’ll speak a few words before we can read very much. Conversational Egyptian Arabic is not really a written language. Arabic is pretty interesting, actually: it has one written language (well, two, if you count the ancient one), but so many dialects that speakers of one kind of Arabic (say in Lebanon) may not understnd speakers of another (say in Tunisia). All of which doesn’t help us get around town. It’s been particularly challenging for me not to be able to read the numbers, but I’m learning.

So those are the big issues. The other major issue we’re encountering is that none of our lovely friends are here, so won’t you read a happier post and then come visit?

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28 August 2007 - Posted by | our life in egypt

2 Comments

  1. Hey, I thought we used Arabic numbers. So what’s the problem? (This is a real question… what do numbers look like in Egypt?)

    Comment by Monica | 28 August 2007

  2. […] club. Last fall we were missing our yard and frustrated by the lack of public parks and greenspaces here in Egypt. We found the solution in […]

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