The sounds are calming. We have trees around our building teeming with birds, birds I wanted to dispose of the first time they woke me up at 5:30am but have since come to appreciate for their warbling wake-up alarm.
Yes, there is quite a bit of traffic and the cars communicate through a language of beeps, but I find that language fascinating! In the States, when you hear a car beeping, you know that the driver is beeping with frustration and anger, and ... possibly a raised finger. The beeps here simply mean "Here I come!" Or "Coming to pass you." It feels like open communication between strangers, and I love that.
I can have anything delivered. We have a food delivery service that will bring you dinner from any of the hundreds of restaurants in Cairo for a $5 fee. You order online and BAM! Dinner. Beautiful. The joke is that if you can't find a pencil, you can call a stationery store and have one delivered. :) Love it!
We don't have a car so we walk everywhere. This is taking some getting used to, but I really enjoy it. Sometimes I want to race to the grocery store to grab some fresh basil or something, but then I just make do. It works just fine.
For the first time in my life as a mother, both my babies are in school. If you have kids, this is a moment all stay-at-home moms dream of. I have a short bit of peace in the mornings. Liam is in a half-day program, five days a week, and he loves it. Just loves it! I'm only two days in to my freedom, so I am taking the opportunity to sit and relax a bit. Soon I will be cleaning and cooking and getting my errands done while the kids are at school. I'm in a good place. It feels good. A bit lonely, to be honest, but good.
Perhaps one of my favorite things is a saying that is used in nearly every conversation in Egypt. Inshallah. It means "If God wills it." You say "see you later" and the response is "Inshallah." You are looking for your daughter's lost water bottle two days in a row and you hear "Inshallah, we will find it." It's a beautiful sentiment that encapsulates everything here. If God wills it, it will be done.
So now I find myself living with such a sense of freedom. If God wills it, I will get to the commissary this week. Inshallah, Piper will have a great day at school. I hope to carry this attitude with me as a permanent souvenir from Egypt.
So far, loving life in Cairo!
Oh, yeah! And yesterday... I saw the pyramids for the first time! I was whizzing by on the highway and unable to snap a clear shot, but there they were. Gleaming under the sun and calling to me.
I will visit them soon, Inshallah.
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