A Summer Update…

It’s been a crazy busy summer so far, as evidenced by my lack of blogging these past couple of months.  And things don’t look like they be settling down anytime in the near future either.  Oh well, I suppose that’s generally how I like it.  Hopefully I can do a better job keeping up with this blog though.

So, what have I been up to?

Since my last post, my wife and I moved into our new apartment in Cairo.  Well, I suppose it was really just me.  My wife actually had to head back to Canada a couple weeks earlier than planned to help deal with a family emergency.  Things are okay now, which is good, but her early departure meant that I was left to coordinate our move by myself.  Fortunately, we don’t have a lot of possessions.  I was able to simply fill up my large backpack and make the 15 minute trek to our new place.  It only took me 10 trips of doing this to complete the move.  Despite only living there for less than a week, I think we’re really going to enjoy this new apartment.  The location is so convenient for us, we’ve got a lot more space and I now have a flatscreen television.

At the end of June I flew back to Canada to join my wife for our summer vacation.  Over the past month we’ve hardly had a day to relax, but we have been able to see and do a heck of a lot.  A few of the highlights have been:

  • Driving from Ontario to Alberta and back – despite doing this trip several times, it never ceases to amaze me how large this country is.
  • Cooking an Egyptian meal for my parents in preparation for their visit later this fall.
  • Doing a 10 km trail run throughout the Haliburton Highlands, surprisingly finishing 1st place in my age category (7th overall).DSCN0187
  • Participating in our long awaited backcountry Mount Joffre Expedition, which was cancelled last year due to flooding in the area.  Unfortunately weather, terrain and fatigue turned us back about 100 meters below the summit.  I hope to return someday to give it another shot.DSCN0393
  • Visiting with as many friends & family as possible.  Sorry to those we missed.  If only there were more days in a month!  Feel free to come visit us in Egypt though :-)….

So what’s next?

Well, we fly back to Egypt in a couple of days.  After arriving, I’ll be spending a couple of days finishing up everything for the September issue of Oasis magazine and then we’re off to Tanzania for 2.5 weeks!  I’m really looking forward to it.

tanzania sign

The plan is to start with a safari to Serengeti National Park, where among the plethora of other wildlife, we’ll be able to witness the spectacular wildebeest migration.  After that we will be attempting to trek to the summit of the highest point in Africa; Mount Kilimanjaro.  We’re taking the Machame route, which is said to be a lot more scenic and has higher success rates than the more popular/shorter Marangu route.  To be honest, I’m not too worried about the physical challenge of the climb – we have enough experience with this sort of thing to be able to handle that part.  My bigger concern is the altitude.  Unlike when we climbed El Misti volcano in Peru, which is of similar height, we won’t have any time to acclimatize to the altitude in advance.  Following the trek we are heading to Zanzibar for a few days on the beach.  The hotel we’re staying at looks awesome.  I’m sure it will be a welcome sight after almost 2 weeks in the wilderness.

Beyond that we will be back in Cairo on August 24th, so my wife can start back to work on the 25th.

Anyways, I guess that’s what’s kept me busy (and kept me from blogging) this past little while.  And I promise it won’t be 6 weeks before my next post!



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