The AUC campus is moving to New Cairo. If we stay where we live now, Yasir will face a 2 hour commute in insane cross-Cairo traffic. Tomorrow morning, we're taking a faculty services day trip to check out (ugh) the suburbs. We both hate the suburbs and (no disrespect to anyone who lives there) have always strongly fought against any such move, preferring to pay whatever premium it took to stay in our urban, downtown hood.
The gated community we're seeing tomorrow is called "Rehab" (Insert Amy Winehouse crooning "no no no")
One of my uncles recently pointed out: "Life is filled with compromises."
Unless we want Yasir to lose his mind in gridlock every day, our urban existence could be coming to an end very soon. Granted, our life in Cairo is ultra-urban. Some greenery and an escape from the heavy lead and particulate matter in the air might not be such a bad thing.
Another option is el Maadi. It is also a suburb, but one that is linked to Cairo via metro and only about a 20-25LE cab ride away from downtown and my favorite cafe (I think we've established how important that is to me -- see entry entitled: No ordinary love). It is green and residential and if we can get enough of our friends to move there....it could work. Lets see.