Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Egypt Trip - Preparation

I have been buying travel size things to pack - shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. It is interesting to me that in the US, we don't have the same sizes of shampoo bottles that they do in Europe. When I went to Germany and my luggage was delayed, I had to buy shampoo and the regular size was about half the size of the smaller bottle that you get in the US. And the least expensive bottle in the US is gigantic - about 4 times as big, as the regular sized container in the US. I wonder what the difference in the psychology of marketing is. Do Americans shop to get a bargain and think that a giant sized container must be a bargain? Do Europeans think that they waste less when they ration out the contents of a small bottle?

I am so worried that I will forget to do something that MUST be done before I leave, or that I will forget to pack something vital. I hope that I calm down somewhat after I am underway.

I still have to pack. I went over what clothes I planned to take today and changed my mind almost completely about what I am taking. What a disaster!

I wish I had felt like doing more preparation for the trip. I bought a travel guide, but I didn't look at it very much.

I think my cats are going to miss me. John doesn't play with them - he will feed them and keep their stuff clean, but they need attention, too, and he probably won't give them that. I hope they don't get too bored. And I hope the older one doesn't die while I am gone. She has hyperthyroidism, which we have elected not to treat. We are letting her live out her natural life, as it were. She doesn't actually seem very sick. She still runs around and plays and has a good appetite.


  1. Hi, I found your site from the GT list.
    We made a film about AUC in the late 70s - I hope it's just as exciting a place to study today. Our experience in Egypt was fabulous. Don't miss the salat baladi (egyptian salad with the world's best tomatoes) and fool and tamaya for breakfast!
    Have a wonderful time there.


  2. My daughter was impressed that you made a movie about AUC. She
    loves movies. She has had a good year. Did you know they are building
    a new campus for AUC? It is way out of town. Alyssa hasn't seen it, but
    thinks it will have a big impact on the lives of international students at
    AUC - they will be much more removed from the everyday life in Cairo.

    I enjoyed the trip, although it was a lot of walking and very hot for me. I have arthritis and I live in Alaska, so the heat and the walking were challenging.

    And yes, I enjoyed the salad. My favorite, though was the bread fresh out of the oven - and the Om Ali.

    Definitely an interesting trip.