Friday, October 3, 2008

Letters from Egypt:: New Thoughts

Egypt is slightly growing on me, I must admit. Yes, I hit a rough patch a few weeks ago, but that was to be expected.

As some of you know, I’m going to Nigeria on Sunday. Please keep my Saints alive while I will be gone. I also have to say that I’m looking forward to the experience. I know I know, call me crazy, but I’m fascinated with the idea. The only thing I’m not fascinated with is giving a speech in front of various African leaders. Yes, the last time I gave a speech was in 2000 in my public speaking class. I’m not a bad public speaker, but I still have a strong accent and fumble words sometimes.

So here’s a secret about me: since I majored in broadcasting, I still practice my enunciation. I put the news on silent and read the closed-caption to practice as though I was reading a teleprompter. Yes, I’m a goober.

The change of pace here is nice – sometimes. Everything is slo-mo. I wake up around 6:30-7:30, edit the morning news, write news articles on alternative energy for the website and then begin focusing on the print magazine. I even write the editor’s letter for one magazine, which can also be nerve racking because I always wondered who reads those? Apparently, a lot of people.

I go to the café and people watch. I have a little bit of home when I watch my coworker play softball. The most important thing is I enjoy my job.

I don’t know when I’m going to come back to the US, even for a visit. I initially thought I would come for the Superbowl, then my birthday, but now, I’m just unsure. However, I do plan on moving back to NY one day, but as far as to say it will be in 18 months, I think is putting the cart before the horse. I came to the conclusion that if I keep saying that, then I’m never going to take in everything I can here.

It’s scary to start all over, especially in a new place where English isn’t commonly spoken and the traditions are anything but what you’re use to. I think what’s even scarier is facing certain things that you’ve tried to avoid, but no matter how far you move away, they still have a way of surfacing. Natalie said that just when I move away, I’ll find out how much I really missed and enjoyed it here.

She also said, “Egypt has a way of bringing you back.”