Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thoughts en route to Cairo

We made it to Cairo and are now happily and sleepily ensconced in our friends' apartment. It was quite the journey getting here, but I expected that, so no surprises there.

I was reminded of a few things, however, like how all foreign countries are the same, in that they are foreign. Upon landing at the Frankfurt airport, the sights, smells, and atmosphere immediately reminded me of all the other foreign countries I've ever been to. The bathroom smelled like bathrooms did in Russia (in a cleaning product sense, not a gross sense). The door handles reminded me of Jordan. The oddly worded signs in English reminded me of just about everywhere outside the States. After a little while, the idiosyncrasies of each individual country rise to the surface and distinguish it from other foreign places (often quite a bit). But every time I leave the US, it takes a little adjusting and everywhere is just Generic Foreign for a few days.

Killing layover time at the airport in Frankfurt.
The girls behaved themselves more or less. Specifically, Miriam behaved more and Magdalena behaved less. Sure, every time Miriam had to go to the bathroom - urgently, of course - was at an uncannily inopportune moment (during the initial check-in at the airport, right when it was time to board [that happened twice] [and of course we'd had hours and hours of layover but she didn't have to go then] and right during passport control in Egypt), but otherwise she did great.

The hard thing about Magdalena fussing so much, especially during the last flight, is that the people around us judged us based on their experience. Most of them were probably on their first, or MAYBE second flight of the day. We were on our third flight and coming up on 24 hours of straight traveling. So I would think we could all cut the 1.5-year-old some slack in the fitful unhappiness department. Not so, judging from some of the looks we got. Sigh. We've been through this before.

And now, to bed, to see if I can start chipping away at the jet lag. Maybe tomorrow you'll get some actual observations on, you know, EGYPT.

9 comments:

Crys said...

Yeah, GLAD YOU MADE IT!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on arriving! I look forward to hearing about your adventures!

Liz Johnson said...

Ugh. Judgy travelers make an already stressful experience SO MUCH WORSE. I'm glad you arrived in one piece, though! And no lost luggage? Double bonus.

Merkley Jiating said...

"The girls behaved themselves more or less. Specifically, Miriam behaved more and Magdalena behaved less."

Favorite part.

I got your email. I talked to Trina and I will take care of it. I will ask Kendra for her truck again tomorrow. We'll move it on Sunday, oh well. I earned points by not paying you on Sunday so my righteousness has been built up. :)

sarah said...

yay! glad you made it safely. those people should have helped you entertain majd instead of giving you dirty looks. :P im glad miriam is still enjoying the my little pony book. can't wait for more observations and pictures!

sarah said...

yay! glad you made it safely. those people should have helped you entertain majd instead of giving you dirty looks. :P im glad miriam is still enjoying the my little pony book. can't wait for more observations and pictures!

Lisa Lou said...

Please bless I never become a judgy, unhelpful passenger.

Katie said...

So glad to hear you made it! And I'm totally digging the new blog background in celebration of Egypt. :)

breanne said...

I like the new blog background too. I have to say that when I got back from my mission two months ago (to Taiwan) checking your blog was one of the first things I did. Still as funny as ever. And I had no idea you lived in Japan! Good luck with the heat in Egypt.

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