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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Winter Weather in Cairo

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,” […]

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Street Scenes

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 […]

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