I am at JFK waiting my next flight, having been up since 4am Cairo time, and it is now 2am Cairo time. And, in shallah, I'll be arriving in Orlando 11pm EST.
In shallah is a phrase we were taught almost immediately on arriving in Cairo. And once you experience Cairo traffic, you'll know the weight of it. The general translation is 'God Willing' but it is more like 'as God wills it'. One of our guides used it incessently, almost every sentence and I have to say, it really feels good. In shallah, I will have work this week. In shallah, I'll be home. And in shallah, I will be posting pictures and notes taken on my trip. I traveled with a big group, and one of the sub-groups was several couples who were Chinese-Americans related through marriage I think. They played mad mah jong in the evenings and I enjoyed hearing Arabic, English and Chinese on all our tours. Anyway, one of those ladies begged me to publish the notes I was taking. And so you will get the benefit/boredom of seeing pictures and reading the notes I took throughout the trip, since she asked so sweetly.
To Egypt, Be heb Masir. I love you Egypt. I love your land, your culture, your faithfulness and the prayers in the air. I love your river and your desert and mostly I love your warm, passionate people.