So far unpacking has yielded a few broken vases, a broken blender, a broken desk, and a dead mouse. We had someone come and pick up all the boxes and wrapping, so we are getting closer, only my scrapbook room left to unpack. Thursday we finally made a little outing. I feel bad that Sharla has come all this way, and all she gets to see is my house. It took us awhile to actually get out of the house. I hired a maid to come clean, and it was way stressful to try and haggle over a price. Luckily Ibrahim showed up while she was here and he could argue prices with her. I'm really starting to like having that guy around. He makes sure that things are getting fixed around our house. I think I'm going to like having the maid around too, she'd do my laundry and make the meals if I'd let her. I don't want to get too soft...
So, we hooked up with a lady in the ward, Sharon, who graciously volunteered to show us around. We drove to Maadi, where there is a large American population and most members of the church live. Then we drove to the bank of the Nile and got out and walked along the waterfront for just a little while. Sharla wanted to ride a faluka (sailboat) but she didn't know that I am deathly afraid of sailboats. Not sure why, but I think it's my megalophobia (fear of large things) -- a giant billowing sail kind of sets me on edge.
SO GLAD that I didn't get out on the Nile in one of those, because about that time Pharaoh's curse hit me. I barely made it home and then I spent the next 24 hours wishing I could die.
Seriously, no one is going to want to come visit us because of the crazy sicknesses you get here.
Anyway, I feel better today. We attended church this morning in Maadi. Picture below.
The day of rest here is Friday instead of Sunday. We have a branch of about 70 that meet here in a villa. It felt so comfortable to go there and meet people that you know will be your good friends. Maya loved Primary and settled right in.
Tomorrow for Enrichment we are going camel and horseback riding by the Giza pyramids. This should be eventful. Sharla on a camel? This I gotta see.
Anyway, now Dave is sick. He's already had this once since he's been here. How many times are we going to get it??? I'm just hoping that Ethen will stay well. It's hard enough getting him adjusted to the new time zone. Maya is doing better, she's only been up since 4:30am today. Sharla is taking the brunt of her bad schedule. I really wouldn't have made it this far without her. I'm so sad she leaves tomorrow.