A little lesson in compare and contrast

3 Oct

We’re back online! Yesterday afternoon there was a flurry of doorbell ringing and workers coming in to do various things from fixing the internet to hanging our curtains to removing our kitchen door ( I didn’t like it where it was!). They brought in extra furniture and took care of all the little kinks like the toilet that had been running since we moved in and the towel racks without rods (the previous occupant stole them). All the while I got a chance to practice my Arabic (more like my sign language) and had some nice conversations with Abdullah who is one of the guys in charge of our building.

Anyways, you wanted it, you got it. Here are pictures of the new place with a few gems from the old one thrown in:

Here are our dining room and living room, don’t mind the mess. And a lovely shot of the couch carpet combination from the old place.
Dining Room Living Room1
Living Room2couch and rug

Here is a side by side comparison of the kitchens. Guess which one is from the bach pad:

There are a few things I’ll miss from the old place, like the black marble, the nasty bidet, the tub that had no curtain and flooded the entire bathroom.

But most of all…I’ll miss this guy.
Goodbye sleepy soldier who napped in various positions on our street each day. I hope that someday you find the rest that you so desperately need. P.S. You shouldn’t sleep with your head resting on the barrel of your gun. Just a thought.


9 Responses to “A little lesson in compare and contrast”

  1. Silus Grok October 3, 2007 at 3:46 pm #



    : )

    Have you considered using Flickr as your online photo album?

    I love my flickr account… the added, though modest, sociality that the site inspires — and the fact that all of my photos are stored in hi-res in Yahoo’s vaults, just in case that promised earthquake ever does come.

  2. Jeff October 3, 2007 at 10:22 pm #

    Second the flickr tip.

    Photostreams make it simple to keep up with what your friends have been up to (when they post pics, anyway.)

    Also a good place to find desktop backgrounds. I love the “Interestingness” page.

  3. tracy m October 4, 2007 at 6:31 pm #

    So are those pretty typical Cairo apartments? The new one is MUCH prettier than the, um, bachelor pad. I don’t blame you one bit for wanting to swap.

    People have told me to use flickr too.

    I love reading your adventures.

  4. Melissa October 4, 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    I’m not sure but I think typical Cairo apartments are more like the bach pad, plus lots smaller, especially depending on where in the city you are. Our new one is typical for American expats.

    Good advice on Flickr, I’ll set it up and link to it on the sidebar.

    P.S. Happy Birthday Tracy!

  5. Kay October 4, 2007 at 11:36 pm #

    Wow, it is way bigger than your South Bend house. Too bad you couldn’t take your South Bend furniture it would’ve fit beautifully. I’m so happy that you are finally getting settled.

    Good advice for the soldier sleeping on his gun. Benji said in Albania the soldiers would fire their guns into the air, but would always forget that the bullets do come back down.

  6. Aunt Yvette October 5, 2007 at 2:29 am #

    The bach pad reminds me of our house before we moved in. We, too, had orange, well burnt orange formica, but we had the added touch of burnt orange carpet to really make you feel like a true longhorn living in the early 80’s.

    Your new place looks great. I love the windows, my favorite thing ever, after working in buildings where they try to keep young children from daydreaming the day away, wishing they were outside playing instead of doing lessons.

    What floor do you live on and how is the view? Have a wonderful time decorating before the bambio comes. Keep sending photos!

    Much Love,


  7. Cody October 5, 2007 at 9:23 pm #

    Wait, you had a bidet? and you MOVED?

    Is it too late to move back?

  8. Patrick October 5, 2007 at 10:33 pm #

    Never fear, Cody — the new pad also comes equipped with a bidet. And it’s waiting for you. In fact, I’ll even save it for you to take the maiden voyage on. And that’s a promise.

  9. mom October 5, 2007 at 10:39 pm #

    I’m most impressed with the clothes washer next to the toilet in the old apt. Is it the same in the new one? Because I’m telling you now that once that baby comes, the term “multi-tasking” takes on a whole new meaning!

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