Category Archives: Egypt

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: not just one, but TWO four-day weekends in a row.  For the first of these, Andreas and I booked an oasis tour with our friend and desert … 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 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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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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Short break

Happily for us, the school calendar this year includes several long weekends. I find these holidays a bit too brief for international trips but they are perfect for exploring in-country locations. There are plenty of short-break destinations in Egypt that are easily … 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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