a.) What area of the country/world are you from?
EDEN: Since we’re living here, let’s say Cairo, Egypt.
EDEN: You’d be surprised. Cairo is much more temperate, more Mediterranean, than the desert land you’d imagine. Most of the year, it is in the 20s C (in the mid-70s F). It gets warmer starting later May through late September, and can get really hot—like 40ish C and up to 90-100 F. Winters can be chilly, as low as 4-6 C (in the high 40s to low 50s F). When we moved here in August 2006, there was a heave in Baltimore. It was really, REALLY hard to get our heads around packing fleece, moving to Egypt.
EDEN: It’s a mix. Lots of people wear Western clothes, or a simulation—scarves and layers that are not Western over jeans and T-shirts—and traditional clothes like galabayas, the robes we attribute to this region. Funny, though, if it is just a bit chilly, people wear ski jackets and wooly hats.
EDEN: Dress in layers. It can be cold in the morning and warm in the afternoon. Very warm! And dress is more conservative here. In some areas, modesty is the best way to go—no miniskirts or tank tops or shorts.
EDEN: The people are amazing. As the world has seen from the revolution, there is a kind of generosity and kindness that is unique to here. Peace may come easier to Egypt than elsewhere. And the history! Besides the obvious (pyramids and mummies and ancient temples), there are petrified forests and desert camping like nowhere else in the world.
As this is tax time for us, we want to know:
2. MLM: Are your taxes done yet, or do you procrastinate until the last day?
EDEN: I am such a turn-it-in-early person!!! I cannot stand waiting until the last minute for anything.
EDEN: Since we live abroad, it is complicated. We cannot do them ourselves.
EDEN: Sending the papers to the U.S. The post is very complicated.
EDEN: Our family is very close. We have dinner together almost every night. Since I’m in grad school and Nate, my husband, is a professor, we are all on the same schedule. Early work days, holidays together. My kids are age 7 to 16! I hear people say that their kids are unresponsive (How was your day? Fine. What did you do? Nothing). With us, there is LOTS of talk.
EDEN: We have busy schedules, but we spend A LOT of time together. We don’t have TV (but we do watch DVDs on the computer), so we have more time than most folks. And we still read as a family. Nate can do AMAZING voices and is the main family aloud reader.
EDEN: Well, probably right in the middle of the living room.
EDEN: Funny you ask. When the kids are in school and Nate and I don’t have to be on campus, we have romantic afternoons at home. On my birthday, Nate asked what I wanted to do. I said that I wanted one of our regular days together!
Eden sure can jam!
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