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Happy Birthday, Len!

Posted by sue on 15th July 2007

Len as Simpsons character
Hey, everybody! Today is Len’s birthday! This is my “Simpson’s character” portrait of him.

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Our New Home

Posted by sue on 3rd May 2007

We arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, three days ago, and we’re happily moved in to a little apartment in Bairro Alto, Lisbon’s old town. It’s a small place, but well-located—we have a sideways view of Rio Tejo and picturesque old buildings from our mini-balcony, and our 5th-floor apartment in an elevator-less building ensures we get enough exercise (plus Lisbon in general is a hilly city).

It’s nice to be a little bit “settled” again, because I was starting to feel really at home in airports. I counted—in the past six weeks, since we left Cairo to visit the U.S. in March—we’ve been in 13 different airports.* And I think one reason I felt so comfortable in airports is that getting there can be stressful because you’re not sure how long it will take, or how long security lines will be, or whether, say, the fact that you didn’t print your e-ticket because you don’t have a printer will require that you stand in some amorphous line in an Egypt Air ticket office that is outside the security checkpoint that they set up BEFORE you get to the check-in counters will result in a 45-minute delay when you thought you had plenty of time. But, once you’re through security and have your boarding passes, then you just have to wait until boarding begins, and you can relax, have a drink, buy a magazine, shop duty-free, whatever. There’s no where else to be and nothing else to do.

But eventually, if you ever want clean clothes and a place to study, you have to get out of airports and into a real place to live. I’m happy now to have a kitchen, and to be able to unpack again!

*Cairo, London, Chicago, Los Angeles, Omaha, Des Moines, Dallas-Ft. Worth, New York JFK, Istanbul, Athens, Corfu, Milan, Lisbon

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Movin’ on soon

Posted by sue on 10th April 2007

Our recent radio silence is a symptom of our a) serious jet lag, b) feeling rather unrooted because we’ve been wondering what to do next, and c) trying to get ourselves together to leave Cairo.

We’ve been staying in a free apartment, courtesy of our friend Lobna who spent the past month in Dubai, but she decided to come back to Cairo. She and her daughters arrived yesterday afternoon, so the entry room of the apartment is now lined with suitcases, ours and theirs. She’s invited us to stay with her as long as we like, but we’re ready to move on. So we’re going to Greece on Thursday, where we’ll spend the rest of April. More details to follow.

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On Vacation

Posted by sue on 29th March 2007

As many of our readers know, we’ve taken a break from our adventure abroad by traveling back to L.A. to see our friends and to help our good friend Gary celebrate his 40th birthday. It was good to be “home”—L.A. is certainly familiar and comfortable, but I was very conscious of the fact that we don’t live there anymore.

We’re currently in Iowa, dealing with our pile of accumulated mail, doing our taxes, stocking up on stuff you can’t buy in Egypt, and visiting family. We fly back to Cairo on Monday, though it will take us a couple of days to get there.

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