Nothing about running; just a short note to say that I'm safe and sound. If you've been following the international news, you've probably heard about the riots in Cairo.
The first time I lived in Cairo and most of the times since, I've stayed in the neighborhood of Zamalek. Zamalek is a lovely, tree-lined island in the middle of the Nile populated almost exclusively by rich Egyptians, embassies/ambassadors, and expats. Or, in the words of the Egyptastic mug:
The word on the street is that the protests have stopped - for now - but are expected to continue, although Al Jazeera is saying that an "uneasy calm prevails in Egypt," although more protests are planned. Things are shut down today - schools, my former funding agency downtown, loads of businesses. But in Zamalek? It's quiet. Also, going to Luxor this weekend will further isolate me from the protests.
Expect updates on the race soon! I forgot to pack my Garmin and I can't find my shotblocks in my suitcase, so it's for the best that I'm not doing the full.
I bought a very pretty, very colorful, very cheap scarf in the Khan el-Khalili. Does anyone want a souvenir from China via Egypt?