Some idiosyncrasies about Cairo:
Egyptians like my children. People are always trying to get Maya's attention so they can say hello. They touch her hair and one kid (like 20 years old) even gave her a kiss on the cheek. This was after he took her picture. Ethen draws the same crowd. Maybe it's the blue eyes. I mean, I know my children are gorgeous, but really??
I have to get on my hands and knees to light my oven. And it has no set temperature gauge, so I have to guess about how much gas to feed it.
My washer shocked me. They don't ground appliances here, so I need to cut power to them if my hands are wet.
A familiar smell of our "burnin' barrel" in my backyard growing up in Moore, Idaho, wafts in every morning from the neighbors burning their garbage. Yuck.
I can't find a crock pot anywhere.
Two weeks after living here I gave up brushing my teeth with bottled water. It's just too hard.
I wash my fruits and veggies (those that I dare buy) with vinegar and bottled water. They fertilize with human waste, so they have the potential to make us very sick. I am not a great cook anyway, and I've never been one to really load up on the good stuff, but I'm tired of PB&J every day for lunch. So is Maya. The other day I made her some gross pasta and she looked at me and said, "Mom, this food isn't good." No honey, it isn't. Even Ethen wouldn't eat it. If you are reading this, you are now obliged to leave me a comment. Tell me what to feed my children. Really. I'm out of ideas. We eat cheese quesadillas a lot. Forget about any type of lunch meat. Oh how I miss ham... that brings me to the next one.
They slaughtered all the pigs. When the swine flu came out, the ignorants who will remain unnamed used it as an excuse to kill all the unclean swine in the country. Come on. The flu is a virus, it's not in the meat, people. The expats are devastated. No ham, no pork, what am I to do?
Maya needs to go to school. She is driving me crazy, needing constant entertainment. She gets pretty bored during the day, and it's still a little cold to go in the pool. International schools here are proving way too expensive. Preschool from now until June is $10,000. Seriously, what are they teaching these kids? I'm looking for an alternative. Not too encouraging since it's $3000 to use the park/pool here at the country club. If I had a way to get there, I'd be more inclined to fork out that cash, 1 hour of complimentary babysitting each day is a little tempting. That and they have a great kiddie pool.
Some indulgences I am enjoying are imported cereal (even if they are $8/box.) That, and I will pay extra for Charmin, Bounty, and "American chocolate chip cookies." I didn't realize the rest of the world isn't in on that. Nestle is a Swiss company, and they don't have Toll House there? What gives? The British influence here is strong, with their treats called biscuits.
I haven't missed Taco Bell so much, because they have something here called "foul muddamas" (haha, ironic, I know, but it's pronounced fool) that are just like bean burritos (only they eat them for breakfast). They also have Pepsi products so I can find Mountain Dew. Ahh, the little things...
I'll write more as I discover and learn different things here. Below is a page for your viewing enjoyment :)