Little did I know then.
The natural gas pipes got installed when we were abroad, with only the doorman's wife supervising.
Since we've arrived we've been chasing the natural gas company to activate the pipes and most importantly we've been fixing our electricity. The electricity that the natural gas company workers sabotaged. How are the two connected you ask? well, since the pipes came in later they had to install them in the most primitive way ever, outside the walls, but in some parts they needed to drill in the walls to pass the pipes through from one room to the next.
When one drills a hole in the wall and meets a plastic pipe filled with all the apartment's wires and electrical work what should one do? hmmn, tough right? Nope on the contrary, one cuts through the wires and avoids finding a new spot in the wall to drill. Easy. Peasy. Lemon-Squeezy!
(see the orange pipe,this is what once held all of our electrical wires)We had two different electricians come several times, and both of them were pretty much (and I-kid-you-not) talking to themselves the whole time, trying to figure out how to remedy the situation. Also our electrical work was funky from the start. They had it rough I tell you. I should bill the Natural Gas company, but instead I am grateful that they showed up at all to inspect the pipes and then activate the lines.
(now this is how our wires appear, over the wall... not the prettiest sight but they get the job done!)
This part is behind us now, it has been behind us for the past three days now. We are enjoying the fact that we shall no longer wait for days and days until someone shows up to fix something (or at least for the time being. No, wait aren't we still waiting on the phone company and the internet company. Right!)
Amongst all the unpleasantness, I keep on reminding myself that, this too shall pass...
I mean, I don't want my readers to think that Egypt is an unpleasant place, on the contrary. It's definitely tough getting things done here compared to America, but there's so much beauty and hidden gems.
When I first moved to the U.S, I cried myself to sleep for the first three months (It's true) until one morning I decided that home is where my significant other is. And I remind myself these days too. Maybe that's why I am into this song these days.
Transitions are rough, and getting settled in, I sometimes forget to breath.
Tonight we decided that this is what we should do, breath, slow down, and take advantage of being in a magical place like Egypt. We sat down and wrote down a list of all the things that we want to do. And we'll be ticking it off (hopefully) together on this space... Once I get over carrying my big camera.