Category Archives: Around Egypt

The Nile in style

There are so many ways to enjoy the Nile. You can take a Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan. Andreas calls this trip Egypt’s E ticket ride (I try to remind him that the number of people who actually remember … 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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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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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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Siwa Oasis

On Sunday we saw the Siwa sights. We were up early with the Sahara sun. We ate breakfast in camp, then drove back over the dunes to Siwa. There was a sandstorm beginning to blow in from Libya which made us all glad … Continue reading

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Near Siwa

This year’s school calendar afforded a welcome respite for weary teachers and students at the end of April: two four-day weekends in a row.  For the first of these, Andreas and I booked an oasis tour with our friend and desert guide extraordinaire Ahmed … Continue reading

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Black and White Deserts

I’m still struggling to write about my trip to Lesvos. When I first got back to Cairo I felt like I needed a few days’ distance to explain it well. But almost immediately the refugee situation in Europe changed dramatically, and … Continue reading

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El Gouna and Hurghada

The airport was a mess when Andreas and I arrived there Thursday night. Heavy security was in place in anticipation of the anniversary of the January 25th Revolution and traffic was snarled for miles by the new checkpoints. Some people were trying to … Continue reading

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