07.11.2009 - 07.11.2009 29 °C
One thing that can be said for the part of Al Rehab where I live, is that the atmosphere is peaceful. There is the occasional very noisy truck, motorbike delivery man or child screaming from one of the balconies above, but for the most part it is nice and calm. I've been on my own today and have had a chance to reflect on things a little. As I opened the shutters to another sunny day in Egypt I felt like it was the first day of summer in the UK.
The birds were singing, the trees and bushes were blowing gently in the breeze and the sun shone through the window, casting a swirling iron shadow across the room. I tried to clean the windows today to make the view clearer but realised that it's only possible to clean one side and that the outside will always be covered in sand. It's easy to forget how quickly this city would be reclaimed by the desert, if the sprinklers stopped working and the trucks didn't spray water on the roads to minimise dust. Despite feeling like I'm in a UK summer I realised that it's actually the 7th November today, only a month and a half until Christmas! I absolutely love the weather out here! It's predictably good and even the colder days have a pleasant freshness in the air. I went for a walk round my block to take some photos of the flowers, birds and a section of pathway we now call 'cat alley' because it's the favourite meeting place for the local cats and kittens. I'm not sure if the photos do it justice but I think it's lovely where I live.