Uhmm… I Have A Few Bags To Check

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Today is official unpack and repack day since the whole packing thing is not going so well.

I am wondering if Egypt Air would notice if I showed up with a few extra inches and a few extra pounds here and there. I wish there was a way to distract Mr.or Mrs. Egypt Air so they didn’t notice.

Any ideas on how to get away with the above? If so, please let me know pronto. 🙂

From Quote to Real Life: The Gift of Travel

The world is waiting for us. – Cheryl

Being a teacher and having a creative daughter who loves surprises, I gave Jade an envelope filled with letters to unscramble. When she unscrambled them, she understood what it meant.

We were moving to Egypt.

Excited and overwhelmed with emotion, she, like myself, seeks the gift of travel.

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It is moments like this that make us reminisce.

When Jade was younger, she was obsessed with Egypt. She always asked if we could go and I would respond, with some hesitation, that we might. She knew that it wasn’t in my top 5 or even my top 10 of places to see, so little by little, I heard less and less about Egypt.

Over the years her list of countries she wanted to see would change, but the one common denominator remained. As long as I am always traveling with you. What more could a travel obsessed mom ask for?

2015-03-30 11.23.26A very special THANK YOU to a wonderfully talented woman who writes a blog called My Spanglish Familia for passing on this challenge to me.

I’ve agreed to partake in a challenge in which I post a quote – mine or someone else’s – for 3 consecutive days.


~ Thank the person who nominated you
~ Pass the “golden whisk” on to 3 people

Transitions In My Life

The Snow Melts Somewhere

When In Turkey

In Training for Cairo

So it just hit me.

This Cairo move might just require some practice.

So as I walk downtown in my town of 18 thousand people, I try to imagine a city of 17 million. So for every person I meet in my town, I need to add 944 people to that person.

Ok. That didn’t go so well.

I try to encourage people in my town to honk like crazy, ignore all traffic rules, and drive in multiple lanes going in every direction.

That didn’t work too well either.

I just read that flying ants and big butt spiders are par for the course in Cairo. Yuck!

But no polite request to my ant hill in my front yard results in any flying ants so I am out of luck there as well.

Apparently sand coats everything and constant sweeping is required to get rid of that gritty feeling on the floor.

I try to get my dog to bring in some dirt but she just looks me and goes back to sleep. So nope that didn’t work either.

In Cairo you haggle and bargain for a lot of goods such as fruit and veggies in the market.

I try to negotiate with the clerk at the grocery store and she looks at me like I have 3 heads. That didn’t go down too well.

I have read that I will need to lower my expectations when running errands. I guess one errand per day in Cairo is a lot.

Yay! Finally I meet with success. I am totally capable of running only one errand a day. That sounds just like me!

Oh? You say that one errand can take all day to complete and tons of patience? And maybe some Arabic thrown in? Darn! I knew there would be a catch.

So much for the training. I will be winging it I guess, along with the flying ants!

(On the bright side, Cairo has a delivery culture where almost everything can be delivered… so maybe we will just stay inside with the sand, the flying ants, the big butt spiders and have everyone come to us instead. That would make for a very exciting travel blog. NOT!) 🙂