As Mother’s Day comes around I’m reminded of just how lucky I am to have the family I do.
At the beginning of last school year one of my fellow teachers was venting about the frustrations she was experiencing with her family. She hadn’t heard from them in weeks, not since she’d moved to Egypt. They hadn’t called, emailed, skyped, sent messenger pigeons…nothing. I tried to sympathize, but I realized that I had no idea what it was like to not have a supportive family. Sure, we have our ups and downs, but when the chips are down, we’re all there for each other. We call or skype on birthdays, major holidays, and just because. I probably talk to my father more when I’m on the opposite side of the planet than when I live thirty minutes away from him.
By the end of this week, every single member of my immediate family (mom, dad, and two brothers) will have visited me while I’m living overseas. How lucky is that?
There are downsides, of course, to living so far away. I haven’t gotten or given a birthday hug in five years, I’ve spent a few Christmases by myself, and I can’t be there when my brothers or parents need me.
In honor of my amazing family here are some fun pictures of the adventures we’ve had since I’ve moved overseas. More will come after Dad concludes his visit.
Mom and I on a horseback riding adventure.
Steady as she goes.
I got Mom on a horse!
Silliness in Mongolia. Who doesn’t need a decent fur hat?
Mom found coffee!
Mom and I attend a traditional Mongolian wedding.
Mom speaks to the Mongolian mother of the bride.
Everyone loves a good photo op.
Nick and I just after he arrived in Beijing.
Almost all the pictures I have of Nick involve food of some kind.
Nick explores Beijing.
Nick and I enjoy a beer on the Great Wall of China on New Year’s Day.
Nick at the Great Wall of China.
Cooking class with Nick in Beijing.
Where does my sister live?
Mom in front of the Great Pyramid of Khufu.
Mom and I visit the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Walk Like an Egyptian!
Mom explores the spice market of Luxor.
Mom and I take a short boat ride to Philae Temple.
In front of the Muhammad Ali Mosque
Joe and I at the Pyramid of Khufu (aka Cheops).
This would look great in my backyard.
Joe and I visit the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
Where are these pyramids you speak of?
Joe visits Karnak Temple.
Sorry to leave everyone hanging, but it’s been a crazy few months here. I’ve been busy with work and blah, blah, blah…
Here’s Day 2 of the trip!
Categories: Egypt, Life Abroad
Tags: cruise, Egypt, expat, Expatriate, fun with friends, International school, life abroad, Nile, pictures, Temple, travel, Vacation
In mid-November the middle school Arabic teacher, Mr. A, came to me and invited me to go on a Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor in Southern Egypt.
I was sorely tempted, but I would be taking the same trip with my mother less than a week later, so I declined. Later, I found out that it wasn’t just a trip for teachers; it was a school-sponsored trip and Mr. A needed a few more teachers to chaperone the 16 middle and high school students going. Again, I declined. I’m doing the same trip a week later, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to hang around with a bunch of middle and high school students for four days. So, how is it that I found myself packed and ready to leave for the airport at 2 AM on December 22? I’m not really sure, but I’m glad I went.
Categories: Egypt, Life Abroad
Tags: Aswan, Aswan High Dam, cruise, Egypt, expat, Expatriate, Flight, International school, Kom Ombo, life abroad, Luxor, Nile, Philae, pictures, school trip, teaching, Temple, travel, Vacation