07/12/2008

what can I say? ...second half of 2008...

Health wise my tonsils have not been very nice to me in the last year, constantly getting infected to an extend that doctors recommended to take them out. I was not thrilled, especially as I have managed to stay out of hospitals and ORs in the last 30 years of my life. I was determined to do the operation in Bremen and after various fights with my insurance I finally got the "green light" for August. When children get the operation they are fit again after 3 days, but the older you get the more painful it is and the longer the recovery takes. "Well, you are thirty" was a doctor's response to my wining question why the little kid operated on the same day than me was already singing and jumping around, while I was still screaming for morphine. It took one week hospital, followed by 10 days of close care by my mom who especially flew to Bremen (merci maman!) and then almost 3 weeks in bed until the doctors allowed me to take a plane back to Cairo. My lovely employers, with sustainability report saying they treat their employees very well and supposedly use western standards, decided that they would not accept the German doctor’s note (giving me 5 weeks sick leave) and only paid me 1,5 weeks. For the rest of the time, no salary for me… isn’t that nice?

I arrived back in Cairo beginning of October, in the middle of Ramadan. As I was still not 100% fit I did not fast either this year. Apart from that, the usual madness of people leaving work early, cars rushing through the streets, taxis not willing to take any customers and people getting into fights out of fear of not arriving at home in time for iftar (breaking the fast). And as always, fasting or not, I had a good time in this very special month of the year.

Shortly after the End of Ramadan I received the good news: A new job as Deputy Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Cairo J yeay! So since the 23rd of November I, French-German, am happily spreading Austrian culture in Egypt – this is globalisation! The first ten days have already been full of exiting events, bananas, films …. but I will write about some more in detail a bit later.

Before starting to write today, I read through my old posts of this blog and I realised that I gradually changed environments and surroundings in the last 4 years I have been in Egypt. Especially in the last year I got to know again another of the many faces of Egypt, so you can expect new stories with new flavour in the future. The great thing about this city though, is that it gets never boring and still, every couple of day you see things here, which you would not even dream of seeing in Europe stay tuned for more!

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