We depart in exactly two weeks (August 20th) and it's either a measure of organizational ability or compulsiveness that I am nearly packed. Looks like we will be checking eight bags total (British Airways allows us three each, so that's not too bad), but if all goes well, only four total when we return. Of course, the first bags packed were scuba gear.
We have heard from AUC that we will get a 3-bedroom apartment in the Maadi neighborhood of Cairo, a nice area largely populated by embassy personnel and expats. I've been in touch with lots of folks from Maadi who work for AUC, and picked up lots of tips, ranging from yoga studios to "bring a knife sharpener." We are already feeling very welcomed.