Orascomania

In Egyptian slang, there is a fantastic expression that transliterates to istash'feit.  This comes from warak shafaf, or blotting paper. The meaning of the expression is subtle: you use it to indicate that you see something, or soak something in, or understand a situation but not very clearly. Yesterday, my Internet service went down just … Continue reading Orascomania

New digs

Things are suddenly looking sunnier. The real estate agent called today, and off we went to inspect the new place. I love it! It's a bit pricier (but not by much) than my current digs, but this villa solves a lot of the problems here, especially the heat issue, the floor issue, the bad neighbors … Continue reading New digs