Much of the world’s attention had been drawn to Egypt during January and into February 2011. I know I was practically glued to CNN on the day that pro-government thugs pushed through Tahrir Square on camels and horseback, and then into the wee hours with running street battles shown on live television. I felt a connection to events even though I was thousands of miles away in some nondescript hotel room.
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I don’t have much insight to add to the situation. I’ll leave that for the news blogs and the mainstream geo-blogs. I do wish the Egyptian people the best of luck as they embark upon their journey towards democracy.
I have observed, however, that their world may be returning to "normal" — whatever that might be in their nascent context — based upon an extremely small sample size from the Twelve Mile Circle. I’ve received three website visitors from Egypt, the first set of visitors since the turmoil began. Their interests were completely typical for the site with no signs of stress or concern whatsoever:
- Someone from Suez wanted to know more about the landlocked Bolivian navy;
- Someone from Ad Duqqi had an interest in the State of Oregon;
- Someone from Cairo observed a T-shirt design appearing in various parts of the world (the pyramids at Giza being one of them)
I can only imagine that people must be feeling a bit more comfortable with the situation if they’re interested in mundane topics. Today I’m pleasantly surprised to discover the ordinary to be quite extraordinary.