I have two weeks vacation beckoning, but I don't know where to take them. I have this idea that I'm going to go back to Egypt (for the first time in 10 years!) in early 2011—a week in Cairo and a week in Aswan—but only if the Old Cataract is reopened.
Sometimes, when I'm teaching, I wonder how much my students are listening. The first 24 years of my life are a haze—especially between the ages of 18 and 22. Part of going back to Egypt, for me, is to recapture the details of all the things I missed when I lived there—to sharpen the memory of a place that completely changed my life. Shocked me out of my daydream. Woke me up.
Sometimes I don't think I ever even felt anything before 2001.