Monday, August 13, 2012

The Pink Trifecta

Today we celebrated. My dad toasted to my upcoming journey, but it was as if we were also raising our glasses to all of the holidays and birthdays I will miss this year. My mom made my favorite, spaghetti, and I'm pretty sure it was the best spaghetti I've ever eaten. It also had a lot of pork, of which I will eat very little once in an Islamic country.

I said goodbye to my brother, who returned to his apartment late this evening. My dad gave me his parting advice, given he flies out very early tomorrow morning. He said, "Keep an open mind," which is what he encouraged every morning before dropping us off for school. But this time he added, "But don't let your brains fall out."

My nerves are still at bay and my anxiety is very low. So far, my only concern seems to be that my bags might be a bit overweight. But even those worries only floated through my mind for a few minutes. I cleaned my/my brother's room at my parents' house and am just waiting on a few items to charge before I finish the last of my packing.
The pink trifecta. Two checked bags (both under 50 pounds), the small carryon and a backpack (not pictured).
I repacked my smallest piece of actual luggage from a Thirty-One shoulder bag to the third of my pink suitcases. I did not want to carry a backpack and a shoulder bag all over three airports. These three suitcases can be joined together to form a little pink train. Not sure what kind of first impression that will give off...the pink trifecta train with a purple backpack.

We received tons of information today, including the schedule for my first few days in Cairo. I will travel from Kansas City to Washington Dulles to Frankfurt to Cairo. My first two nights in Cairo, I will be at the Novotel. There will be several outings, including a ride on the Nile in a Felucca, eating Koshary and visiting Saqqara. Sometime in there, those of us choosing to live near the school will get dropped at our apartments in Hadayek El Mohehendsein. School does not start until August 23, so we will have plenty of time to settle-in.

As I think about everything that awaits me in Egypt, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Grateful that I am at a point in my life when I can do something like this, that my family is so supportive, that there are people scattered throughout the country reading this and sending me their thoughts, prayers and support. I can't wait to share this journey.

1 comment:

  1. Megan,
    Your courage amazes me! I wish you all the best on your journey.
    Gwen Larson