Welcome to the Wandering Drays!

Not all who wander are lost...

Welcome to my blog dedicated to my family and our crazy foreign service life. Never content with staying in one place, we are excited to share our journey. We've survived two unaccompanied tour (Baghdad 2010-2011 and Baghdad again in 2015-2016), multiple TDYs, and enjoyed a two-year family assignment in Cairo, Egypt. The fab hubby is currently learning Turkish for our next assignment...Istanbul, Turkey! We leave for Turkey sometime in summer 2017. I write about what I know. Which is mainly kids, tween drama, gross pets, dealing with lots of government info, our moving adventures, being a nurse, yoga, running, living on too-little sleep, and an addiction to coffee lattes. I hope you'll enjoy this glimpse into our lives.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A REAL Run, Finally.

This is me after an awesome run.
The super fab hubby took me to the Wadi today.  And it was awesome.  Really, really awesome.  Flat run, open area, miles of uninterrupted running.  A way to get away from the crazy of Cairo.  A way to unwind, relax, and enjoy a run.  An honest-to-goodness good run.

Total relief.  Because I was going a LITTLE.BIT.CRAZY.

Remember yesterday's post about regular running in Cairo?  It would make anyone crazy.

But today?  I felt the sun on my shoulders, found my pace, my breath pattern, my stride.  I didn't have to worry about getting run over by cars and didn't get a single stink eye. Not one.

The fab hubby even, begrudgingly, said he'd feel ok with me running there alone (although he really preferred I'd find a partner).  And I know someone who was thinking about training for a 1/2 Marathon in January.  In any case, my intent is to hit the Wadi at least once a week for my sanity run.  Maybe twice.  Otherwise, I'm thinking I'm going to get up early before work so I can avoid the traffic and pound out a few extra miles each week.

I'm still vigilant, but maybe less weary?  A good run will do that for you.

Really beautiful terrain.

So if you're a fan of Star Wars...
we were totally prepped for a Jawa caravan to be
attacked by the Sand People.

Found a Chili's for lunch afterward.
Chips and Salsa EXACTLY LIKE THE U.S.
Perfect! (P.S. found a different Starbucks.
And it was also AWESOME!)


  1. YAY all around. Sounds like a fab day - and it DOES look straight out of Star Wars! Ha!

  2. Wow, sounds like a great day! Beautiful scenery!