Thursday, April 29, 2010

Playgroup at Fagnoon Art centre

Every Wednesday a playgroup meeting with toddlers and their mums, mostly living in our neighbourhood Maadi, is organised. Usually we meet at someone's home, but a few times we try to do something special. Like 2 weeks ago, we went to Fagnoon Art centre. It is about a half hour drive to the country side of Cairo, where a huge play area is built to entertain children with arts and crafts.
Femke's group did 3 activities, sticking, painting and pottery. I thought she would enjoy working with clay, but she was more interested in putting the wet clay in the bucket with water. In the end her mum made some sculpturous thingie, which was identified by friends as a vulcano...
There was also a horse and 2 camels that caught the attention of the little ones. And a cow eating grass was absolutely an attraction, they all wanted to pet the cow and threw grass towards the cow.
We had a very nice morning, with enough shade to not boil up completely and it is worth going back with Arthur one weekend.

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert

If you have read the book 'Eat, love, pray' from Elizabeth Gilbert, I strongly recommend you to read her new book 'Committed'. In this book she gives valuable insights in the concept of 'marriage', how it is perceived in history, by different cultures, her own family members and by herself. She has done her homework well, used a variety of resources to make the book interesting, funny, serious and easy to read.
While checking out her website, I found this 18 minute speech she gave at a conference.
She cannot only write, but also talk in a very funny, inspirational way.
If you have some time to spare, listen and look to the speech.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Femke's school pictures