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Things have settled down for us in Alexandria. It is mostly the mundane everyday things like cooking, cleaning, and fighting the mosquitos. No school as of yet but that is coming, Insha’Allah. I’m sure after we get settled and start classes things are going to be very busy for us. I’ve seen more of the city and it is official, I like every neighborhood more than the one I came to live in! I’m getting more used to Mandara, but we decided to move anyway Insha’Allah.

We are shopping at the local stores and the community grocery store here in Mandara more. I’m cooking again regularly which is a good thing. I just discovered a neighbor has a great blog called Makin it in Misr where she describes how she makes substitutions with what is available locally to cook what her family likes. I plan to read her blog and make use of her great ideas.
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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.

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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