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 […]Read More Adventures in Egyptian Ikea
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, […]Read More Welcome Back!
It’s 55 degrees Fahrenheit and I’m cold. For someone that survived two winters in Mongolia, one of them a zud, this is absolutely ridiculous. But there’s nothing I can do to change how I feel, and I feel cold. My Peace Corps Medical Officer (PCMO) once said “There is no bad weather, only inappropriate clothing,” […]Read More Winter Weather in Cairo
I have lived in temperate climates before, but it still feels very strange to listen to Christmas music while wearing shorts. On average it’s 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s already December. It’s actually colder inside my apartment than outside because of the thick walls meant to keep out the summer heat. But despite the weather […]Read More Depending on the Kindness of Cairene Strangers
My area of New Cairo is quite famous. It turns out that former president Morsi lived 8 villas down from my current apartment. He also attended the mosque that is across the street from the school residence where I live. This makes home easy to find – taxi drivers are familiar with the area. It […]Read More Street Scenes