Ten days left before I leave Cairo for Dubai to start my new job. I'm thinking (or perhaps hoping) it'll be a bit like pressing cntl-alt-del. For anybody still left wondering what ever happened to that South Africa trip, I opted not to go. This weekend I'm spending a leisurely three days in Siwa, a secluded oasis in the Western Desert way out toward Libya. In the meantime I'm just finishing up some long overdue work from my two weeks in Kiev in February, while researching something about golf courses in the vicinity of Cairo.