New Cairo: Shades of Brown

I live in New Cairo and yes, it is new. But sometimes it is hard to get my head wrapped around that.

When we think “new”, we imagine shiny and clean.

These aren’t the 2 words that pop to mind when I look at my neighborhood.

Shades of brown, dust, dirt, garbage and touches of colour scattered amongst is what I see as I walk daily to school and to my shops for much needed water, bananas and bread (oh and the odd Milka bar as well).

But with the shades of brown comes smiles, high fives and the odd person who stands out from the rest.

Once while looking for a restaurant, a lady offered to drive us there so we could find it. We got inside and she happily drove us to it.

Once while shopping, we paid too much for our vegetables and the man happily told me and returned the money.

Once while waiting for Jade to join me, the parking man offered me his seat so I could sit down.

Small gestures that mean a lot when adjusting to a new place.

So although shades of brown dominate my landscape, I see the colours and the vibrancy of the people who encompass it as well.

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41 comments

  1. poetry and chocolate and books · November 15, 2015

    Loved the pictures. ❤

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  2. Deb Che · October 21, 2015

    How is teaching going for you in Cairo this school year? Love the picture of your classroom – I see there’s even a smart board! Teachers in Ontario are now under a work to rule so hopefully things will settle soon! Hope all’s well!
    (I’m blogging under my new domain http://www.adventureaffinity.com now and not my old wordpress account :))

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    • lovetotrav · November 7, 2015

      Hi! Sorry it took forever to respond. School is extremely busy hence the blog that is dying from lack of attention. It is very busy – read: very active kids so each day can be quite tiring. I do like it though and am mostly settled in and adjusted now.

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  3. Nancy · September 25, 2015

    Very interesting photos and loved hearing about your experiences. Glad u and Jade are doing well.

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    • lovetotrav · September 28, 2015

      Thanks so much Nancy. Some of the biggest adjustments are from my new job and not really the country per se. Hope it gets a little easier as it gets more cool. The weather can be oppressive.

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  4. Mon ☠ · September 19, 2015

    CHERYL!!!!!!!!!!! *Hugs*

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    • lovetotrav · September 28, 2015

      Ah thanks so much Mon. Miss reading you daily. Between being swamped at school and a lack of good wifi, my blogging has had to change!!

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      • Mon ☠ · September 28, 2015

        Oh I see. Yeah 😦 I hope you’re having a great time there.

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      • lovetotrav · November 7, 2015

        Yes, we are liking it but the Internet can suck so that is why it has taken forever for me to respond to you!!

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  5. There you are! Love the laundry shot.

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  6. LDG luciledegodoy · September 13, 2015

    I hear you! Tough to adapt to such a different and brown world.
    You brought the other side of the equation, people’s generosity and kindness, in such a poetic and grateful manner, though. Beautiful!
    Keep strong.

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    • lovetotrav · September 14, 2015

      Thanks Lucile. It forces you to look deeper for other things.

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      • LDG luciledegodoy · September 15, 2015

        Exactly. And we learn more about ourselves, including that we have inner strength to overcome tough times.

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  7. njmagas · September 13, 2015

    I agree. The kindness of strangers is wonderful where you’re in a new place, so far from what you know. We’ve been blessed during our time in Japan to have many wonderful friends and people who have always been more than willing to help us when we need it.

    I don’t know if I could adjust to all that brown, though. Being raised in Vancouver, and living in a land of lush mountains for five years has spoiled me to the beauty of a nice, green tree.

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    • lovetotrav · September 14, 2015

      I agree with you totally coming from PEI and the maritime greens and blues… it is a challenge when you look outside and see so much dirt, dust and brown. The colours pop more though. I am really looking forward to the the greens of Sri Lanka soon!

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      • njmagas · September 14, 2015

        When are you heading to Sri Lanka? I heard it’s a beautiful place. We used to have friends from there.

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  8. Kat · September 12, 2015

    Very cool pictures! It sounds like it’s been a very interesting experience so far.

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    • lovetotrav · September 14, 2015

      Yes, it is eye opening at times to say the least and other times… it already feels normal.

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      • Kat · September 14, 2015

        I imagine that in many ways it is very different. I think that at times we get so used to our own lives that we forget that not everyone lives the way we do and their normal is very different than ours.

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      • lovetotrav · November 7, 2015

        That is why I like travelling so much. It opens up your eyes so darn much!

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      • Kat · November 8, 2015

        I bet! 🙂

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  9. snowsomewhere · September 12, 2015

    Sweet gestures always make my day, too. I’m wondering about that upside-down MacDonalds sign though…? 🙂

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    • lovetotrav · September 14, 2015

      Isn’t that hilarious… it is almost right beside the real MacDonalds too! And it has similar food in it as well!

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  10. bestthingsinlife1964 · September 12, 2015

    Awesome post!

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  11. Manja Mexi Movie · September 12, 2015

    You are a truly positive and colourful person: you bring the colours with you wherever you go.

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  12. La Sabrosona · September 12, 2015

    Very happy to hear from you. Thank you for sharing those lovely moments. And they really do make a difference–the kindness of strangers 🙂

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    • lovetotrav · September 14, 2015

      Hi my friend! Lovely to hear from you. Sorry I can’t reciprocate. My Internet connection is so slow that I can’t seem to download other blogs at the moment . 😦

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      • La Sabrosona · September 14, 2015

        No worries. You’re a busy lady. I’m just happy to read how things are with you. Take good care 🙂

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  13. Barbara Schutt · September 12, 2015

    How really wonderful of the people and their generosity…really help you to feel at home and welcome. I like the pops of color 😉

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    • lovetotrav · September 14, 2015

      Thanks! The pops of colour are so much more obvious when shades of brown dominate!!

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  14. Vinh N · September 12, 2015

    You make me miss Egypt so much!

    Check out my newest post: http://www.vingnguyen.com/reasons-travel-egypt-2015/

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  15. de Wets Wild · September 12, 2015

    Perfect camouflage in the Sahara 😉

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    • lovetotrav · September 12, 2015

      So true.. the one pic has a pack of stray dogs in it and I can’t even see them myself now when I look at it!

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