February 2, 2011
Back Online In Egypt
I want to say that I was touched by all of your concern. It's heartwarming to know people care. Just a quick post to update on us.
Things here in Hurgahada have been pretty calm compared to Cairo and other bigger cities. After I posted that I couldn't get FB and Twitter, a little while later, no internet. It really felt oppressive to have that taken away. Egyptian news channels seem to have been playing things down in my opinion, and I was watching AlJazeera and CNN then AlJazeera channels were blocked. CNN was good but they weren't covering all the time. Al Jazeera international is good now though. E was in Poland on business and came home when things came to a head. When there were reports of looters and a local supermarket got broken into and looted all the men of the building walked the street carrying sticks, poles and 2x4s to patrol the area.
We tried to keep busy playing board games but the younger 2 kids were scared at times, and started to obsess about the reports, I had to change channels to lighten the mood. Finally yesterday we went out and saw that the city, while pretty empty was safe. Tourism is down the toilet but that's to be expected. There's so much more I can see online now about it all.
I knew Mubarak wouldn't step down this way, he's going to take his time and go in Sept but I think that's better than nothing. The protesters don't want to give up but I think this is a huge step. People are feeling a new sense of pride in their country, that's the real gain here.
I'm praying for Egypt and Egyptians to keep on keeping on!