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I had to rethink what I carry in my purse for outings here in Alexandria. The first few times I didn’t take anything and just put my phone in my pocket. I learned the hard way that that just wouldn’t work. So I rummaged through my luggage, because we still are not unpacked, and now I’ve got my cute cross body purse that I can wear and it is secured across my body instead of just on the shoulder. It is not heavy and I can get all the essentials in it. So, what’s in my bag?
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Yesterday was a really good day for me and Ahmed. We had a good adventure for a change. We are still on the apartment hunt and had plans to view an apartment in the afternoon. But, before we went on the apartment hunt Ahmed wanted to show me some little bakeries that he found on the other side of our neighborhood. We walked down an ally and ended up on a fairly large street that was full of people and stores. The entire street was busy. I kept getting strange looks and I knew it was only a little bit attributed to our being new in town. My jalabiya (overgarment) was so wrinkled I looked like no one loved me. I have not see 1 Egyptian woman walking around as unkempt as I was yesterday. They are all put together and freshly pressed. We are trying not to buy a lot of things because we will probably be moving and we already have 6 large suitcases to move so adding household items is just going to burden us more. The place we are staying in does not have an iron so after I wash if things come out the washing machine wrinkled they are staying wrinkled!
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Went to Carrefour grocery store last week.  Everything in the grocery store was in Arabic and English.  There were more American products and I was surprised that the prices overall were not overly expensive.  We picked up some groceries and had to laugh that you could buy all different kinds of jelly/jam/preserves but no peanut butter and then they had AmericanGarden brand of peanut butter and jelly in a single jar.  I really wanted some PB&J but at 35 pounds a jar I left it right on the shelf.  That craving will just have to be left unfulfilled.

I’ve been thinking for a few days what I would write for my 2-week recap of Alexandria, Egypt. I have a lot of thoughts and opinions on it, but anybody who knows me knows I have thoughts and opinions on everything. What I will say is that I was bored in Durham and I wanted a little shake up in my life, a little adventure. I certainly have it now.
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(This was originally written Saturday, December 29, 2012)

So Ahmed took me around the city today. I finally got my first glimpse of the Mediterranean sea and it was beautiful. Many little cafes were set up along the beach and if you wanted a seat you had to pay the guy who was running that area of beach. We just walked along the cornice and took in the view and the hustle and bustle along the way. On the way from our neighborhood we saw an entire heard of goat on the side walk and in the grass. The goat herder just had the goats walking along the street eating whatever grass and trash they found. He was walking with another guy talking and going on about his day. I just had to shake my head. There were goats of all sizes and colors, even though they all looked a little shabby. That was an amusing start to the day that unfortunately did not end up so amusing, but that’s a tale for another day.

Yunus 10:18

And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: "These are our intercessors with Allâh." Say: "Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?" Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him!

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