"I enjoyed living there until I had kids," said Anderson, 36, who spent 10 years in Egypt teaching at international schools. She graduated from high school in Langford.
But even the best schools in Port Said, where she lived with her husband and two children, could not provide as good an education as American schools, she said. And doing what's best for the kids is a priority.
That's why her daughter moved to Aberdeen during the summer, when Anderson returned for a visit. Ayah, 6, started first grade in fall. Then, Anderson and her son, Omar, 5, made the move last month. He will soon start kindergarten.
Anderson's husband, Medhat, an Egyptian citizen, is still in Egypt, where he's a professor teaching engineering at a university. Medhat plans to move to Aberdeen, too, but he will have to wait until the American embassy opens and his visa is finalized. That could be in late summer, said Anderson, who still has family in the area.
Protesting against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak started in Cairo on Jan. 25. Port Said is near the Suez Canal, about a three-hour drive from the capital city where the revolution began. As it spread, Anderson said, her family largely watched from their apartment windows and tracked events on TV.
Anderson was in the midst of the unrest for about a week and a half before she started her trip to the United States.
"By the time I left, I knew it was something big," Anderson said.
The protests in Egypt started after a revolution in Tunisia led to the ouster of that nation's president. Egyptians wanted, among other things, free elections and the end of state of emergency laws and government corruption. As unrest spread, Anderson said, tanks rolled down her street and the military took over. When police tried to crack down in Port Said, there was a backlash by protesters, and the officers disappeared. The city's police station was torched, Anderson said.
During the protests, market owners in Port Said spent much of their time guarding their small businesses. A curfew and checkpoints were set up throughout the country.
Ultimately, Anderson said, it became clear that the only option Mubarak had was to resign. He did so Feb. 11. On Saturday, Egyptians voted on a new constitution.
"Having been there and seeing how the people were living in such poverty (while Mubarak had billions of dollars), you just feel like he and his family and his associates, they just basically robbed the people of Egypt," Anderson said.
Mubarak, who served as president for 30 years, grew to be both very powerful and unpopular in his own country.
"Nothing but good can come from the downfall of Mubarak," Anderson said.
Egypt seemed an unlikely place for a revolution, she said.
"I was really surprised it started in Egypt because Egypt has been a very stable country. It is one of the more economically advanced and socially advanced countries in Africa," Anderson said.
Neighboring nations look to Egypt for music and movies, for instance, she said.
After the protests started, Anderson said, it was interesting to watch the TV news in Egypt. The state-run media downplayed events significantly, while English-speaking stations and Al Jazeera reports showed thousands upon thousands of people in the streets, she said.