3 days after missing our flight to Edmonton, moral regained but we are in the survival mode. It worries me to death that classes has begun already and I am still in Egypt.
We had to split the family trip, one urget trip for me leaving Cairo on September 2nd, but the route will take roughly 31 hours via Istanbul and Toronto, and the rest of my family will follow me one week later via London, in a 16 hours trip (Lucky them).
I will try to enjoy the trip and wonder around Istanbul’s airport, spend a couple of hours in the Airport hotel (TAV) and attempt to adjust my jet lag meanwhile.
Here is the tip, Istanbul airport (Ataturk international airport) has a hotel in the duty free area, with hourly rates instead of nightly ones. They have 0 to 3 hours rate, 3 to 6 hours, 6 to 9, 9 to 15 and 15 to 24 hours rates. I believe you need to pre-book before arriving and give in credit card information to reserve your room.
On another aspect, I have stopped reading in the past one week due to last minute pressure at work and instability in Cairo. Now I am trying to pick up reading steam once again because I am quite sure I will suffer in the beginning trying to cope with young graduate students.
I wonder what awaits me over there, especially I should arrive in a late hour to Edmonton after that looooong flight. I am not sure I can make it to class next day, but at least I should get my initial paperwork done.
Thank God, I booked a hotel within walking distance from the house we are supposed to rent, so I can go sign the contract ASAP, and try to get a piece or two of furniture to move in at the earliest. Next, is to drop by the school nearby and apply for my children to enroll whenefer they arrive.
Life is tough, but that’s the beauty of it.