Monday, April 07, 2008

The Wandering Continues

Well, ladies and gentlemen, you all knew that it couldn’t last. Hubby and I have some big news to share with you. *deep breath* Hubby and I will be leaving Kenya this summer for the next destination on our tour of world domination.

By now, you have probably guessed that our new home will be Cairo, Egypt. While there, Hubby will finally be putting that PhD to some good use as a professor at a local university. I, on the other hand, will continue my Expat Wife ways of doing as little as possible in between Arabic classes and blogging here.

Before you ask too many questions, I have copied (and edited for Typ0-ness) some information that Hubby shared with some of you last week.

Did the Organization not work out?

It totally did and Hubby will continue his association with the Organization. But he has always wanted to teach and this way he can do research as a consultant and teach as a professor. If I were Miley Cyrus, I might call this the “best of both worlds.”

Does this have anything to do with the "troubles" in Kenya now?

Nope. This had been in the works long before the elections. Plus with Hubby’s ongoing work with the Org, we’ll be back fairly frequently.

When will you leave?

The school year starts in early September, so we'll be in Cairo in mid-August. Backtracking in the calendar, we will likely leave Nairobi in mid-July for a short trip home for nachos, martinis, and lots of shopping.

So when can I visit?

Keeping in mind that all visitors must carry books, Kraft Dinner, and other souvenirs of the Real World, you are all, as always, welcome to visit us in our new home. Give us a month or two to settle in, but we should be up and ready for visitors by the end of October or so.

What about your amazing kitchen in Nairobi?

You had to turn the knife didn’t you. *sob* I’m going to miss this killer apartment and the world’s greatest kitchen more than you can ever imagine. *sob*

But I wanted to see you in Kenya.

We have been here two years, you know. Luckily, you still have until mid-May to arrive, safari, and leave again. We have always encouraged visitors and bringers of Kraft Mac & Cheese and hope that you will try to squeeze us in before we bid adieu to Nairobi.

So how long are you going to last here??

Excellent and sadly pertinent question. We were supposed to be in Delhi for three years. We managed ten months. Nairobi was also scheduled for three years and will be at two on the dot when we leave.

Hubby’s contract is for two years but this is the most excited I have seen him in many years. He has been selecting textbooks and writing up syllabi since the moment he got the offer. I sincerely expect to be in Egypt for quite some time. *crosses fingers*


bankelele said...

best wishes in expat life

Nicole said...

I don't envy you for Nairobi, but Cairo,....., yeah, sounds fun to me :)!!