I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Forecast - Dust!
Whats the weather in Maadi?
Egypt is dusty. It hardly ever rains
and the thin strip of green that people live on along the Nile is
surrounded by desert on both sides, so any wind blows sand and dust
from the deserts into the cities. Cairo is literally covered with a
layer of dust, and the people who live here have just come to accept
living with dust.
When we first visited in 2009, our
friends diligently dusted their apartment daily, trying to maintain
the dust-free conditions they were used to in Canada; I notice that 9
years later they are not so concerned with dust – it has become
normal for them. I was told a story of the first rain they
encountered when the arrived in Egypt; they ducked under a tree to
get out of the downpour only to discover that the accumulated dust
(Turned to mud) on the tree leaves poured down on them, and their
clothes never came clean again.
If you walk the sidewalks and streets
here, you care constantly kicking up clouds of dust, so sandals
result in very dirty feet after a short walk. The Egyptians just
accept this and they all wear sandals.
If you park you car on the streets, it
loses it's colour in a day or two,
all turning brown from a layer of
dust. You can immediately tell the vehicles left derelict on the
street, by the piles of accumulated dust covering the bottom of the
tires. Back in cold Canada, you see cars with windshield wipers
pulled up off the windscreen to prevent them freezing to the ice;
here they are pulled up to prevent then gathering a layer of dust and
scratching the glass when turned on.
But then, Egypt is home to one of the
oldest civilization on earth, so I suppose we should be looking at
the dust not as simple dirt, but the accumulated bits of thousands of
years of human development in this part of the world. It isn't dust
and dirt blowing around it is the history of Egypt being spread and
shared with everyone.