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January 2016

Good News for Jealous Friends: Culture Shock in Egypt — By Jennifer Shipp
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Good News for Jealous Friends: Culture Shock in Egypt — By Jennifer Shipp

Today, someone asked me why Americans have pets. And I had to come up with a reason. And then I had to then try to explain it in Arabic. When I got home, John asked me why I’ve seemed so pissy over the past few days (being male, he thinks it has something to do with him). I was in the shower, trying to warm myself after having spent the morning in a classroom that lacks heating (we just keep our coats on if ...
The Sport of Street Crossing — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Sport of Street Crossing — By Jennifer Shipp

There’s a scene in the movie Bowfinger where Eddie Murphy crosses a speedy six lane interstate lane-by-lane screaming, “Mother of God! Mother of God!” while cars careen within inches of him, his shirt flapping, his arms flailing as he stops abruptly on his toes. A car whizzes past him in front (“Mother of God! Mother of God!”) and one in the lane behind. His shirt billows. He arrives physically unharmed at ...
Not Exactly a Bombing in Cairo, Egypt — By Jennifer Shipp
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Not Exactly a Bombing in Cairo, Egypt — By Jennifer Shipp

Yes, a bomb went off tonight in Cairo. It’s true. It was about two miles away from us. And perhaps we even heard it from our 14th floor apartment, but if we did, it blended in with the traffic sounds and the occasional blast of fireworks that we hear every evening. I don’t mean to be cavalier about bombings and shootings. It isn’t a small thing that 9 people including 3 policemen died in the blast. And as ...
Lines in the Sand: Speaking Arabic in Cairo, Egypt (as a Woman)– By Jennifer Shipp
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Lines in the Sand: Speaking Arabic in Cairo, Egypt (as a Woman)– By Jennifer Shipp

Lydi and I have been spending a lot of time each week with Egyptian women and girls and most of that time we’ve been stuttering through clumsy sentences and mispronounced words. Meanwhile, John waves every morning to the Saudi guards outside the embassy and they smile at him and wave back enthusiastically from behind their metal barricades. I don’t wave at the guards on purpose because they’re Saudis and ...
Gray Areas in the Orange Zone: Egypt’s Western Desert — By Jennifer Shipp
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Gray Areas in the Orange Zone: Egypt’s Western Desert — By Jennifer Shipp

This trip has been hard. All of us agree. It’s nothing specific but everything in general. Lydi and I have classes three days of the week. Last week she made friends with some girls at the park, which means that this coming week will be busier yet. And tomorrow we’re going into the Western Desert on a trip that’s probably going to be visually stimulating but otherwise fairly low-key. But subconsciously, I’m ...
Finding a Vacation Rental Abroad — By Jennifer Shipp
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Finding a Vacation Rental Abroad — By Jennifer Shipp

Finding a good vacation rental overseas is always a little bit of a risk much like finding a good hotel. Overall, we’ve had some amazing vacation rental experiences overseas but we’ve also had a few really negative experiences. It’s hard to swallow the negative experiences, but they’re a part of the package if you’re hoping to get out beyond the resorts and actually interact with the culture you’re visiting ...
Finding Chocolate Amidst the Piles of Poop and Trash — By Jennifer Shipp
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Finding Chocolate Amidst the Piles of Poop and Trash — By Jennifer Shipp

I always remember the running. Back and forth. Around and around. I’ve been jogging all over the world. It’s the time when John and I talk. It’s a time for me to catch up with Lydian. It’s when I think and meditate. It’s the time when I see the world around me as a place to play; to sweat and touch the ground, jump, hop, or just trek. Some countries offer more Play Places or better jogging trails than ...
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