Packing

The best advice I got for packing was from my mother: “Pack drunk, then you have the perfect explanation for why you have what you have.” Slightly more practical advice I have gleaned form years of experience: forget all the ‘essentials’ lists and bring what makes you happy. It’ll be the wrong stuff anyway.

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Family Visits

As Mother’s Day comes around I’m reminded of just how lucky I am to have the family I do. At the beginning of last school year one of my fellow teachers was venting about the frustrations she was experiencing with her family. She hadn’t heard from them in weeks, not since she’d moved to Egypt. […]

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Adventures in Egyptian Ikea

If you’re going to go to Ikea, pick a time when it’s not busy. In Egypt (and most of the Middle East, I assume), that time is Friday mid-morning, before prayer. Friday is the holy day here, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims alike. Most people sleep in leaving the streets bare and ghost town […]

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Welcome Back!

Ah, it’s nice to be back in Cairo. The longer I was away, the harder it was to come back. I had a great summer (England, Glastonbury Festival, Buffalo, Seattle) and I didn’t want it to end. Now that I’m back in Egypt I remember all the things I love about it here. The people, […]

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