Category Archives: Egypt

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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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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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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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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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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Felucca

One of the best ways to spend a late afternoon in Cairo is to take a taxi to the corniche and hire a Nile felucca. For a few Egyptian pounds, 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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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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