Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Back Home

Well, I made it back home safely after a long flight, and it's good to see some snow and cold weather. The fresh air is nice too. The Christmas tree is up, the holiday cookies are on the counter, and the music of carols fills the kitchen.

Whoever said anything about reverse culture sock doesn't know what they were talking about. I have yet to feel any such feelings. Rather, I have enjoyed the simple conveniences of the West. Amsterdam Airport was a welcome relief with its sanitary bathrooms and paper towels. Signs are well marked, traffic regulations are obeyed, and buildings are thoroughly clean. Ah, the site and smell of clean. The best part may simply be that I can go about my daily activities without the constant confrontations and tensions that characterize life in Cairo.

I look forward to a long break back in Michigan. I can see friends and family, catch up on everybody's news, and enjoy a few Red Wings hockey games. I hope everyone has a wondeful holiday season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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