Category Archives: Egypt

When the apricots bloom

There’s a saying in Egypt -“bukra fil mish-mish” بكرة في المشمش Literally it means “when the apricots bloom,” but people say it to mean “never.” Sort of like “when pigs fly.”  That’s because in Egypt apricots (mish-mish) have a very … Continue reading

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Tent-makers’ alley

In the Khan el-Khalili, the big old market in the center of old Cairo, you can find just about anything you want.  A visit to the Khan is on every tourist itinerary so of course there is no shortage of … Continue reading

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Sinai weekend: Saturday on Mt. Sinai

It was our friend Jeff who had the idea for the weekend in Sinai. He is leaving at the end of this year and Mt. Sinai had been on his must-see list since arriving in Egypt three years ago. Jeff is interested … Continue reading

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Sinai weekend: Friday in Dahab

We try to get out of town whenever we have a three- or four-day weekend, but most of our regular Fridays and Saturdays (that’s right – weekends in Egypt are Friday/Saturday) are spent close to home catching up with household and school tasks. This … Continue reading

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Should I stay or should I go?

The recruiting train for international teachers is proceeding full steam ahead. At this time of year, educators looking for new horizons are researching schools, sending out resumes, and interviewing via Skype.  Administrators are seeking out the best candidates to fill the vacancies the … Continue reading

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Whale watching

Whales? In the desert? Many millions of years ago, when this part of the world was partly underwater, some land animals were making the transition to becoming sea mammals. Early whales died and sank to the bottom of the ocean, … Continue reading

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Three part two: new beginnings

I am not a superstitious person. At least that is how I see myself, as a not-superstitious person. But I am alert to what some people would call signs. I like to think this is my folklore training; it’s a universal human tendency … Continue reading

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Ms. Lorna in the conservatory with the scanner

Week 3 in the Cairo Greenhouse for Books.  I inquire periodically as to when we might expect the AC repair person.  “Two or three days, inshallah.” It’s the inshallah that gets you every time. Last Tuesday the plant man came and … Continue reading

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Ain Sokhna

Two weeks before summer vacation seemed like an odd time for a weekend away, but I’m glad now that Andreas talked me into an overnight trip to the coast. Our destination this time was Ain Sokhna. At just about two hours from Cairo, Ain Sokhna is the city’s … Continue reading

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Chilling on the Red Sea

Whew. It looks like the heat wave is over for now. With predicted highs mostly in the low 90s I think we are in for better days over the next couple of weeks. Lucky for us, we missed the first two days of the … Continue reading

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