Yesterday Egypt experienced one of its very few yearly rainstorms, for which its roadways are terribly unprepared. I realize great swaths of the United States are covered with snow these days, so there is little room to complain.
But nonetheless, the puddles and mud left behind a day later complicate the daily walk to school. Here are a few pictures to share the adventure.
Setting out from our house we avoided the puddle on the street, choosing instead the slightly less muddy path on the sidewalk.
Usually Alexander is pushed in a stroller, but today it was wise to leave it behind. The stroller also carries the girls’ backpacks, and it wasn’t long until they got tired of carrying them themselves, and saddled their mother instead.
This is the puddle right in front of the entrance to Emma’s and Hannah’s school. The black vehicle is a tuk-tuk, stuck in the mud-mud.
Layla often skips along merrily on her way to preschool.
But she got a little weary of squeezing through gaps around the puddles.
The rain does little but move around Cairo’s trash problem.
As we navigate the street approaching Layla’s preschool, Alexander looks on attentively.
Ok, we staged this one a bit. It wasn’t absolutely necessary to traverse the speed bump to move along further, but it was a fun picture.
For comparison, four years ago we made a video of this walk to preschool, back when Hannah was going. Please click here for dry roads and our family at an earlier moment.