Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Mass mailings have now gone out :l

The heat here is pretty unbearable, though I'm getting used to it. The first couple of days, going outside at all was a chore and I've spent a lot of time at the airconditioned AUC library, my airconditioned hostel room and the extravagant, decadent, über-posh cafè cilantro (also airconditioned).

Unfortunately, to find an appartment, I have to, at some point, be outside. Which explains why I haven't found one yet.

On my trip down I read through a book from 1938 about the Egyptian peasant (also the title of the book). Aside from containing charming attributes of it's time (skull measurements, "racial traits" and the like) it stressed quite a few problems that needed taking care of. Many of them still exist today, both in greater (overpopulation) and lesser (illitteracy) degree.

I think there's a lesson in that.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Right, my third day here (haven't gotten much done yet, the weather is killing me) and I've decided to make a post about what I'll miss in Norway.

Most of all, I'll miss my family and my friends, of course, but that's a given - what I'll also miss is a lot of material things. Like tap water that tastes like water, supermarkets, how clean the air is, how clean everything is, the woods, the mountains and a lot of other things I can't recall right now. I hadn't planned to write so much in this post anyway:

edit: oh, and by the way, my rucksack was returned to me yesterday evening. Barrels of thanks to the fine gentlemen and ladies of Austrian Airlines.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

As I stepped out of the airconditioned airplane cabin, the heat hit me like a wall. Kind of like Cairo had decided to greet me with a big, sweaty hug, filled with smog. It felt wierd to be back at first. I've not re-met with anyone I know here yet, so it's still not exactly the same - but it all felt a lot more familiar after arguing with the cabbies at the airport (I think I gave up too soon, though. £E55 is too much :l)

My rucksack is still hanging around in Oslo, or at least it was so when I arrived in Cairo. First time I've experienced that particular brand of trouble. Luckily all my valuables are in my carry on bag. Except my clothes and a bunch of books. I think I'll make do until they return my rucksack.... though, I'm not quite sure I should have told them I'm staying till december.

Yahoo weather tells me it's 33 degrees here now, which is a little less than when I left, I think. It feals a lot worse. In fact, it feels pretty horrible. Unfortunately, I know I'll get used to this, and freeze my.... everything off when I come home for christmas.

Dunno how often I'll update the blog, but it seems people actually read it, so maybe I'll put some more effort in it this semester.

شهفك(that's probably misspelled)