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We got back from Egypt two weeks ago and I’m not done posting everything I wanted to post. Sorry. Anyway, here are a few more shots from Cairo, after we saw the pyramids and the sphinx, were forced to sit through a presentation on perfume oils, and visited a papyrus shop.

The Dear Leader, Mubarak

An ironically grimy-looking Mercedes dealership

Arabic billboards

We spent several hours in traffic getting to the airport, and dealt with mass confusion there while tour company representatives argued about who was going to get their tickets first. I can’t even describe the system they had for issuing tickets for this flight. It made Kostia grateful for Russia’s less-extreme post-Soviet inefficiency, though I sort of felt like, well, at least it’s warm here and not too dirty and the airport workers aren’t glaring at me like they hate me.

My god. I thought Saturday would never come. The Russian government has this weird idea that it can just move the weekend around to create three-day weekends out of midweek holidays. So there was the men’s day holiday on Thursday the 23rd, then we got the Friday off too, but we had to work on Sunday. A five-day workweek is tiring enough when working with three-year-olds, but six days, with the kids’ Women’s Day performance for the parents (and all the stress that comes with that) on the Friday, well, it was exhausting.

Women’s Day is next Wednesday, but thankfully they’re not moving the weekend for that one. What’s wrong with having a midweek holiday anyway? A nice treat, getting to sleep in and chill out in the middle of the week. You don’t need a long weekend every holiday. And most Russians can’t afford to go someplace fancy for a mini-vacation in any case. They would go to their dachas, but not in winter. Save the three-day weekends for the summer.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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