Rivers and Roads

So this is it. Time's up. I'm all through.
Time to head back to the 'Gypt.
That's right.
I'm Egypt bound, as of 4:30AM tomorrow morning (blech).
I have been kind of an emotional hot mess the past few days.
You see, two weeks simply wasn't enough time.
I had just enough time to readjust to being home, see all my friends just once or twice apiece, and get a taste of everything I miss when in Egypt. But not enough time to feel fully satiated with anything I experienced. So I am rather disappointed to be leaving it all behind so soon.
So today has been rough. I have had to come to terms with the fact that I am leaving, even though I really dread the idea at this point.
Don't get me wrong, I love Egypt and I look forward to being back. But I really love my friends and family back home, and I will miss them all terribly. Now's the long haul: six more months. Six months till I get to see most of them again.
I spent several stressful hours packing tonight as well.
Everyone and their brother - literally - from Egypt had things mailed to my house in the states, so that I could bring it back for them when I get home from vacation. Which I really don't mind, and am rather happy to do. I love being the bearer of gifts.
People sent so. much. stuff. with me. I mean, a lot of things.
Essentially, two suitcases of things are for other people, and I am paying to haul all 150lbs of stuff with me across the world and hope none of it gets lost or damaged.
The amount of organizing and reorganizing required to make it all work was absurd. I took over two hours of my time today trying to figure out how to bring everything, and in the end had to leave out a lot of my own things to make room for everything.
I really shouldn't be bitter, I love being able to do this.
But I guess it was kind of just the straw that broke the camels back, you know? After being exhausted and mildly depressed all day, the last thing I wanted to deal with was a bunch of ridiculous packing. But hey, I'm finished now and able to head back.
I spent the last of my days gorging myself on cheese and Christmas cookies. You know, the goods.
Oh, and coffee.
I'm gonna miss having delicious food at my fingertips constantly. Six months!
I guess its been three weeks since I've posted, huh? Quite some time. Well, I've been incredibly busy. I mean, incredibly busy. Every day of my break was spent meeting with somewhere between 2-5 people individually for some activity, and often topped off with a group activity in the evening. Even with all the running around I was doing, I still didn't have time to meet with a lot of my friends I had hoped to! Sorry if you are one of those people! I will make up for it in June.
There are just so many stories and things to be told, but I don't even know where to start. I think it will suffice if I just provide some photos of my adventures over the past few weeks.

So I had my 24 hours in Paris! It was beautiful, but not quite what I expected. I will definitely have to take a trip back there sometime. 

Back home in Washington was beautiful! A friend and I took a short trip to this area, just over an hour away from Olympia. It was lovely with the snow and fog!

I was so happy to see snow at home. I'm a lucky duck.

I got to see and catch up with most of my best friends! This girl got lots of my time - I missed her! She is coming to visit me in Egypt in three months, and I can't wait!

I got to spend a lot of time with my family, which was much needed by all. I wish Spence and I got more time together, but we certainly enjoyed the time we did have :) I will miss this kid pretty bad. 

So anyways. I have books and good music prepared for my flight tomorrow. I hope all goes well, because I really don't have the energy for it not to! I will probably be sad for the next few weeks, so drop me a line if you are free and able :) Also, I would love to get good old fashioned snail mail. Real letters. Love letters or otherwise, it's up to you. So if you are interested, feel free to send me one! Please, no packages though. I have to pay to pick them up, and it costs nearly my entire monthly paycheck. letters are welcome though!

16 El Kobba ST,
Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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