Sunday, June 29, 2008

Is there anybody out there who reads my blog anymore?

Wow, I am sooooooooo embarassed to say that I have not posted for ages, and even more embarassed to say that I forgot my password to access my blog for no reason other than I am still addicted to Facebook and have been preoccupied with other activities lately......

Mira and I are in the US for the next two months. Since it is my first summer in the US in three years, I thought being here would be a great opportunity to give my blog new life by writing about my reverse culture shock (Egypt to US instead of US to Egypt). I think moving to Egypt was an easier culture shock to overcome, with the major issue being language. Right now it seems as though the only thing I have in common with people here is the language.

Ma'salaam,

~Marian

9 comments:

April said...

I am still here, LOL.....

To funny that you forgot your password...I know what you mean when you said you feel like you don't have much in common with folks here, I miss Egypt sooooo much. Semi-good news to share with you next time we get to chat....Lot of Love Sister, and enjoy these nice and HUMID days...looking forward to our meeting face to face.

Salaams,

April

April said...

LOL, LOL too funny that your date on your blog is a day early cuz of the time zone difference..

Christine said...

Still here! Seems like many bloggers are taking longer to post lately. Must be because it's summer time.

Blessings
Christine

Anonymous said...

Hey, I still check it each day, whether you write or not, I am ever hopeful! I need to get up with you and give you my numbers at the lake... I am home until Weds... and then I plan on going back down for a few weeks...... CALL ME!!!! lol... I am still at kjenners@yahoo.com... not sure if I have the right email for you right now.... email numbers and I will call and give info.. wine, lake, NEW BOAT *(I killed the old one last week.... ooops!) and just a fun time to be had for us... call me.. :) karen...

Layla/Colls said...

:) you know I am always here!!!!

I know exactly what you mean with culture shock. I still have a hard time with people sometimes.

Can't wait to talk to you soon!!

Love ya!!

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

I come back regularly to see if you've updated, and you have! When I used to come home for the summers I was always bombarded w/ a lot of questions about life or absolutely none at all. It was a hard thing to get used to. Some people who spend their whole visit w/ me looking for stories, and other people acted like I had just driving in from Pittsburgh. I found that I often couldn't relate to anything people were talking about: construction, local news, etc. All of that stuff seemed pretty unimportant to me. One of my Cairo friends returned to the US after 4 years there and said she always felt like that girl in the film "American Pie." "This one time...in Cairo..." Your whole frame of reference shifts, and then you're dropped back in the hometown. Might as well be Bangkok.

Marian said...

April - Thanks for your words of encouragement..... on the blog and on being in the US. Oh about the date and time stamp - this is one technical issue I am working on fixing. PS - keep up the good work on your new blog! I can't wait to get together w/ you!

Christine - Thanks for hanging around. Once I start writng again I will be able to keep it up - but of course it's starting that's the hardest part. :)

Karen - I am here! I am trying to figure out what to do here - after the 1st week of culture shock and being stunned like a deer in headlights I am coming out of my current state of dazed and confused moving onto just dazed or just confused. I will be in touch with you once I figure out Hassan's schedule.

Colleen - You encouraged me to blog from the beginning and your continued blogging encourages me to keep it up. I can't wait to get together w/ you!

abu dhabi/uae daily photo - You know exactly what I'm going through right now. I thought I would be thrilled to watch all the news and read the Washington Post everyday as I used to do, however, you are so right, it seems so unimportant to me now. My priorities have drastically shifted in another direction. Alhamdulillah.

Do you know what I miss most about Egypt? The Adhan.

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

"Do you know what I miss most about Egypt? The Adhan."

I'm not Muslim, but I still miss that. It represented a quieter time of the day...something peaceful. Just reading what you wrote reminded me of sitting in the back of a taxi on the way home and the driver turning the volume down on the radio-just for this moment. Or the natural instinct that I developed to turn down the TV or the radio when the call sounded...simply because it was beautiful to hear-something that reminded us all: Muslim and non-MUslims alike, to take time from our busy day and refocus. There is something about Cairo that gets in your blood...it's so easy to call it home. Hang in there, M. By the time you adjust it will be time to go back. :)

Maryam in Marrakesh said...

I often have felt that way when I went back to the US, esp during Christmas.