Thursday, June 11, 2009

Health workers wearing masks wait to measure the temperature of passengers arriving at Cairo airport -- Reuters

  I've been in this dorm several times and had friends living in it up until the end of last semester.  Luckily they were out before the quarantine.  It's strange how H1N1 seemed so far off when I was in Egypt and then the same day I left the first case was discovered.  I feel for those who are holed up in Zamalek.
  Check out this blog kept by someone who's stuck inside.  The university updates this page with information on the progress of testing for the virus and related administrative decisions.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Another five cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in AUC's Zamalek dorms and Cairo Airport is now screening all passengers
Looks like I got out of Egypt just in time: 

Monday, June 1, 2009

  Well, nearly two hundred blog posts and over nine months after starting my stint as an Ambassadorial Scholar here in Cairo, I am leaving for Germany tomorrow and continuing onto the US the following day.  Even though I'll only be away from Masr for the summer, it feels more final and more bittersweet than I'd anticipated.  Though a lot of the closer friends I've made here will be here when I get back in the fall, others will have left Egypt for good.
  Three months seems longer as it draws closer and I'm both ecstatic about it and sad about it.  I'll miss spending time with my friends here, but relish in the possibility of picking up where I left off with friends and family back home.
  I have most things wrapped up here and am more or less ready to begin my thesis research.  Grades have been posted for two of my three classes from this semester and in both of those I earned As.  I'm satisfied and feel like I'm leaving on a positive note.