Thursday, November 29, 2007

All's Quiet on the Southern Front

Well, it turns out the U.S. does have some amusing aspects to it...or at least things that make me laugh. Here are a couple of the funny things I've run across.

1. On Halloween the neighborhood kids decorated pumpkins and left them on the corner for us to admire. My favorite was the pumpkin that had both Tyrese's name and phone number written across it in black marker. And that was that.

2. Driving through Wisconsin a couple of days ago, we pulled up behind a car who's trunk wasn't closed all the way. On closer inspection we watched the trunk bouncing up and down on the neck of a deer head that was sticking out of it. I'm assuming the rest of the deer was inside the trunk.

Well, that's about it for now. All's quiet in my world...too quiet actually. I'm quite bored. I'll try to find ways to amuse myself outside of trying to enjoy chai even though Starbucks discontinued cinnamon syrup. A good book would be nice, but all of my things are still in boxes and we have yet to find the library. Oh life...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Iraqi Jumping Jacks

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a long time--so funny that I actually found myself acting it out this morning.  If you don't get it, watch it again!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Luxor/Aswan


I realized tonight I never posted anything from a great trip to Upper Egypt. Joy, Su, Heather, and I took the train down to southern (i.e. Upper because the Nile flows from South to North) Egypt for a couple of sweltering days seeing temples and heiroglyphics. Here are the highlights!



Luxor Temple is really big and sits in the middle of the city. We ate lunch at McDonalds and looked into it from the windows.




Hmmm. I don't remember where, but it's cool!




Wow, don't remember this one either.






Overlooking Lake Nassar on the Aswan Dam. I tried to get the crocodiles to visit, but they never came.




Two cool statues.




King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings.




Queen Hapshetsut's temple. It was my favorite.




Heiroglyphics! They were all over the place!



We also went to Karnak Temple, which is the biggest temple in the world.

All in all it was a cool trip and I'm glad I saw it, but don't need to see it again. In my opinion (sorry history people), if you've seen one, you've seen them all. My favorite was the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser--it was beautiful.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Stone Mountain

On Saturday I finally got to play in the mountains (or on the "mountain" if you're from CO and your perception of mountains is a bit different than the GA perception)! Andy, Carrie, Jonathan, and I spend the morning exploring and adventuring around.


I felt like a puppy skipping and jumping around. I was nature deprived in Egypt.


Everything's better with Jonathan...


And more fun!


Okay, let's talk about how there's a sheer drop off with a gated fence. Did you really need the gate?


How could we resist? It's cliche, but still sweet.


Our trusty mountain buddies Andy and Carrie


How cool is my new family?

Egyptian Life

Here's a great article on life for women in Egypt. For perspective, this family probably lives off of 600-700L.E./month. The average salary is around 450L.E., and my 3 bedroom appartment (with no ammenities such as dishwasher, heater, etc.) was 1750L.E./month.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/07/middle_east_egyptian_family/html/1.stm