A lot has been happening with friends in Egypt. Mubarak is gone, the military is in command, the cabinet has been dissolved, people are still hungry and poor. This is the beginning of a long needed change, however it is not going to be easy. Egypt has set a precedent for the region – what happens in the next few months will truly determine the path for Egypt and the Middle East.
We got back in August. I’ve made very few posts since then. This was, in part, due to the overwhelming craziness of the move, the readjustment, going back to my former job, blahblahblah.
I was also not sure if we were going to “retire” Cairo Chronicles.
Well… it seems we are keeping it. So I’m going to start posting stuff, thoughts, experiences again.
After 6 days in Thailand, Bangkok and Chiang Mai, we are now sitting in the airport waiting for our (delayed) flight to Hanoi.
Bangkok was fun, relaxing, it poured rain one night, and we ate ourselves silly. Chiang Mai was much the same – mostly eating and sleeping, some shopping and a lovely spa treatment for me!
Pics to come.
The much-touted US election has been blogged to death elsewhere, so I will add merely a little slice of Egypt to the mix.
All the hoopla and run-up to the election was felt here, but only for one candidate. As far as I can tell (and remember, I’m firmly ensconced in the proverbial Ivory Tower) there was “only one REAL candidate”, and it would be an “overwhelming, tsunami of popular vote” for said candidate.
Well, although that didn’t happen (even though otherwise statistically savvy academics are STILL claiming a landslide victory) the jubilation here was incredible.
In all that, I waited. And I waited. And I waited.
As a good democratic (not in the “Which party do you belong to” sense) citizen, I was prepared to exercise my right to express my opinion. I understand that in my state of residence, my vote is not really necessary, as the state ALWAYS goes one way.
Even so, I was patiently waiting to be a part of the process.
WELL NOW MY TIME HAS COME. My state and federal elections ballot was delivered to my desk today.
LOL – HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, who should I vote for?
Well, only kinda – I have the joy to be able to give my darling part of the Christmas season in Paris.
This year, Eid el Adha (the BIG Eid) is the second week in December. This ROYALLY messes up class schedules, as we have a week off and then come back for 3 days before giving finals! Malesh!
We have already planned our Christmas/New Year’s trip, and have been trying to figure out what (if anything) we would do for Eid.
We were avoiding other Muslim countries, as the Eid is a time when EVERYTHING shuts down for the feast – so vacationers are frequently left with few options.
Gozi expressed interest in seeing Paris (funny since every time France is mentioned in his presence he exclaims, “F**k the French!!”). The tickets are unreasonable, but so are the French! Besides, Christmas season is Paris is supposed to be MAHVELOUS!
So off we go – for the start of the Christmas season in Paris. We have our flight and a hotel, what else could we need. It is Paris, after all.