Category Archives: Cairo

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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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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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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Too darn hot

We’re having a heat wave. No outdoor recess or lunch Sunday and Monday (here in Egypt the school week runs Sunday-Thursday), no outdoor sports after school. The library is full of sweaty kids. We’re praying the power doesn’t go off because … Continue reading

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Garbage City

Early each morning, we open the front door and place a plastic bag containing the previous day’s trash next to the welcome mat of our 5th floor apartment. And every morning it is gone by the time I leave for work at 7:10. Where … Continue reading

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Felucca

One of the most pleasant ways to spend a late afternoon in Cairo is to take a taxi to the corniche and hire a Nile felucca. For a few dollars, you and your friends can while away an hour or … Continue reading

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In the market for a camel?

A lot has happened since my last post, but if there is one thing I’ve learned about me and blogging, it’s that in order to begin again I simply have to start where I am. Right now, where I am is Cairo, Egypt. … Continue reading

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National Museum

Everyone has an opinion about the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. During the time I’ve been in Cairo I’ve heard “it’s a jumbled mess,” “it’s a national disgrace,” and “you have to go, but you won’t like it.” Of course, I had to see for … Continue reading

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New digs

Last year Andreas lived in a pleasant apartment close to work. It had two bedrooms, a living/dining area, a small kitchen, and one bathroom.  Although I had never seen it, I felt that it would be too small for the … Continue reading

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