Thursday, August 21, 2008


I know we haven’t posted much recently, but don’t worry because we haven’t been doing very much yet. Mostly we’ve been cleaning our apartment. It’s not as dirty as it could be (we’ve seen worse), but we still have a lot of work to do to make it livable.

Andrew was the most amazing husband ever and cleaned the whole bathroom yesterday morning while Rachel and I slept. It’s currently the least scary room in the house. I’ve been working on sweeping the floors really well—I have a feeling I will be sweeping a lot in the next two years. None of our windows close very well so we get a lot of dust coming in. There’s plenty of dust in Cairo! I suppose that’s normal for the desert.

Last night I drew up the floor plan of our house, as my mom requested. It’s not to scale, but it should give you a pretty good idea of how the apartment is set up.

Since drawing this Andrew opened the “scary door that we’ve never opened.” It leads onto a little balcony that is scary beyond all description. Knowing what’s behind that door makes the kitchen seem a little friendlier. The door no longer leads to the unknown and is no longer a source of nightmares.

We were dreaming it was a secret door that the bowab could use to get inside our house, or a creepy utility closet, or perhaps hiding a skeleton or two. All along it just opened onto a fire escape and there’s no way to open it from the outside, so it’s relatively safe—just covered in a ridiculous amount of junk and grime.

Instead of spending our time wondering about the door, we’re glad that it’s there to hide that big mess. And if I ever feel afraid of my kitchen, I can just open that door and suddenly the kitchen seems bright and cheerful and a lot more inviting!

A few more random things about our apartment:

1) Yes, we have the option of separating our rooms with curtains.
2) Our shower curtain was too short so we used 4 sets of rings to make it long enough. It's classy.
3) No, you can't have it! It's ours.


  1. Wow, it looks spacious, except for the wet corner. The fire escape area is pretty scary!

  2. I'm glad you have a fire escape! Seriously.

    What a shiny shower curtain. :)

  3. Also, the hose-down-to-clean type of bathrooms are the best. I love those big squeegies beyond all reason, too. Have fun with that!

  4. They really know how to use space, don't they. It's really compact, but you have plenty of room for everything at the same time. We could learn a few lessons in utilising our resources to some extent!