Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Life in Egypt during November

November has been a busy month...today we are waiting and watching to see if there will be a Revolution v. 2.0-as usual protests are expected. President Morsi has granted himself more powers thus polarizing Egypt even further. Not everyone is a fan of the Muslim Brotherhood and many people have lost confidence in them. I personally think people have unrealistic expectations as there are no quick fixes for decades of problems. 

Is it called Halloween or fall festival? Many years ago a former board member thought that Halloween was a bit too pagan for his beliefs and changed the title to a more Christian friendly one. My grade 8 advisory class did a wedding booth. I married Pee Wee Herman that evening. 
Slightly politically incorrect. An Egyptian will tell you he is an Arab not African because Africans are black. 
Black swan/white swan
There were plenty of Spidermans
Every child's dream costume-prisoner with tattoos. 
Watch out Glenn Danzig
The senior's haunted house included stolen toys and equipment from kindergarten.
Ideal students
Business casual
Eaten by book
My kids in their natural environment.
The Brits invited us to their annual Nov. 5th/Guy Fawkes Day/Guy Fawkes Night. Everyone has a score card to rate the Guy Fawkes figures that are going to be burned. Participants make the figures often with explosive materials inside. Here is a little history on the event.  Guy Fawkes Night is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November, primarily in Great Britain. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords. Celebrating the fact that King James I had survived the attempt on his life, people lit bonfires around London, and months later the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act enforced an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.
The showing
Into the fire you go.
What remained
This one had some sparks
About to burst
Our official Halloween party was a week late. I was bacon and Ana was an egg.
Goodness in a glass.
We haven't spent time in Cairo in a couple of years. We need to do this more often.
Protesters on their way to Tahir Square
Egypt's beloved singer Oum Kalthoum has a museum tucked away on Rhoda Island. 
Her most famous song/concept album. You are my life.
On the Nile
Your new hospital
We walked over to Tahir Square to see what was going on...the smell of tear gas and the commotion down the street was enough to make us reconsider. 
We meet a fellow teacher and his friend who wanted to ride on a falouk.
You can go fancy with neon lights and blaring music or soft with sails
We did the soft with sails.
Brewing with Pickell

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