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The White Desert, Egypt: Photo Gallery
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The White Desert, Egypt: Photo Gallery

The White Desert, Black Desert, and the Crystal Mountain can all be accessed on the same day-trip from Cairo (it's a long day, but it can be done). We didn't feel safe spending the night in the desert when we visited Cairo in 2016 so we left early in the morning and arrived back to the city well after dark.Related Posts:The Crystal Mountain in Egypt (video)The White Desert in Egypt ...
Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum: Photo Gallery
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Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum: Photo Gallery

Seeing the Egyptian Museum without having to navigate through throngs of tourists was nice. We visited in 2015 when tourism was down, but there was still a line waiting when we got there in the morning on the day of our visit.Related Posts:The White Desert, Egypt: Photo GalleryLydian's Belly Dance Classes in Cairo, Egypt 2015: Photo GalleryNazlet Al Sammam Near Cairo, Egypt: Photo ...
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Airport: Photo Gallery
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Airport: Photo Gallery

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Cairo, Egypt – The Pyramids Inside and Out: Photo Gallery
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Cairo, Egypt – The Pyramids Inside and Out: Photo Gallery

We visited Cairo, Egypt for the first time in January 2015. We stayed in a town just outside of Cairo called Nazlet a-Sammam where we were able to see the Pyramids from the window of our vacation rental. During our week long trip, we saw the Pyramids both from afar in the desert after a camel ride, and also from the inside.Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Sandstorm at the Pyramids in Egypt ...
Cairo, Egypt Al Makan: Photo Gallery
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Cairo, Egypt Al Makan: Photo Gallery

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Cairo, Egypt: Orman Park
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Cairo, Egypt: Orman Park

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Tunisia Travel: Tunisian Police Encounter
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Tunisia Travel: Tunisian Police Encounter

We visited Tunisia for five weeks in the winter of 2014 during the country's presidential elections. Out of all the countries we've visited, we felt the most unsafe in Tunisia. In this video, a Tunisian policeman had just waved John over because he thought that we were taking pictures of him. Jennifer started recording because she wasn't sure what was going on, and thought that having documentation of the ...
Tunisia Travel: Tozeur Tunisia
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Tunisia Travel: Tozeur Tunisia

We felt the most unsafe as we've ever felt in our travels when we visited Tozeur, Tunisia in the winter of 2015. The day after we left, there were protests in the streets and tear gas was released on the crowds. Additionally, the day we were flying out of Tozeur, Tunisia's president was flying in. As we were leaving the city, we could see protestors setting up in the streets. Our trip to Tozeur took place ...
Tunis Tourism: Taxi Ride in Tunis
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Tunis Tourism: Taxi Ride in Tunis

The driving in Tunisia was relatively straightforward. Unlike in some places like Egypt and India, we didn't feel unnerved by the traffic situation in Tunis. This video shows a bit of a taxi ride through Tunis.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Tunis Traffic (video)Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis (video) ...
Tunisia Travel: Tunis Traffic
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Tunisia Travel: Tunis Traffic

This video documents a traffic jam in Tunis in 2015 when we visited Tunisia for five weeks. In comparison with places like Egypt and India, the traffic in Tunisia was reasonably organized and safe.Related Posts:Tunis Tourism: Taxi Ride in Tunis (video)Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis (video) ...
Tunisia Travel: Outside the Medina in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Outside the Medina in Tunis

Outside the Medina of Tunis, the city is laid out with the familiar logic of the grid system. But the inside of the medina (and most medinas in the Arab world) is a mess of small corridors leading off to who knows where and narrow, crowded "main streets" lined with vendors selling everything from clothing and shoes to fresh vegetables and homemade food.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Inside the Medina ...
Tunisia Travel: Inside the Medina in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Inside the Medina in Tunis

This video is a brief look into Tunis's bustling medina (the old city). It's an interesting destination to visit if you're in Tunis. Medinas are different everywhere in the Middle East; the medina in Fez, Morocco was especially notable. In the Medina of Tunis, Lydian bartered in Spanish with a shopkeeper who spoke five languages fluently.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Outside the Medina in Tunis ...
Tunisia Travel: Call to Prayer from Carthage Overlooking Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Call to Prayer from Carthage Overlooking Tunis

The call to prayer in Tunisia was elusive. We hardly ever heard it from our vacation rental in Tunis. After visiting Turkey and Morocco where the calls to prayer were more dramatic, we were surprised. In this video, we finally capture a faint echo of Tunis's call to prayer as we stand overlooking the city from Carthage.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis (video)Tunisia ...
Tunisia Travel: Bocce Ball and an Attack Cat in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Bocce Ball and an Attack Cat in Tunis

Just outside the ruins of Carthage, we stopped to step inside an ornate mosque. In the area outside the mosque, there were some men playing bocce ball and an "attack cat" who wasn't too pleased with our presence.Related Posts:Tunisia Travel: Call to Prayer from Carthage Overlooking Tunis (video)Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis (video) ...
Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: At Carthage Overlooking Tunis

Ancient Carthage was once a major trade port in the Mediterranean, but today, the ruins of the city aren't much to behold. But, the view overlooking Tunis is oddly pretty. The modern city of Carthage (just outside of Tunis) has streets lined with trees that create a nice shady path. On our way back to our vacation rental in Tunis, we stopped at a grocery store in Carthage before continuing on.Related ...
Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Arabic Language in Tunis

Arabic in Tunisia ("Tunisian Arabic") is different from Arabic in other Arab nations. In fact, different Arabic "dialects" often vary so much that they can sound like completely different languages (some linguists actually categorize certain dialects as languages in their own right). In this video, we use Modern Standard Arabic on the way back to our vacation rental to try and communicate with a taxi ...
Tunisia Travel: Lydi Practices Arabic Online in Tunis
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Tunisia Travel: Lydi Practices Arabic Online in Tunis

We started taking online Arabic lessons while in Tunisia. We'd tried using French to communicate (since both French and Tunisian Arabic are spoken in Tunisia), however they'd had somewhat unsatisfactory experiences. People expected us to speak French, and reacted negatively when we did. So, we started learning Arabic and made an effort to communicate with the locals in Arabic whenever possible. We tried to ...
Johannesberg Tourism: John Gets His Windows Washed
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Johannesberg Tourism: John Gets His Windows Washed

In most cities across the world, there are people that will come up to your car to try and wash the windows while you're waiting at a stop light, or even just stuck in traffic. Johannesburg was no exception. Moments before this video was taken, a man had run up to our car with a bottle of water and a rag to try and wash our windows just as the light we were stopped at was turning green. Before visiting ...
Johannesburg Tourism: South African Safari at Pilanesberg
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Johannesburg Tourism: South African Safari at Pilanesberg

During our visit to South Africa in January 2015, we decided that we wanted to go on a safari. The major South African national park that offers safari tours is Kruger National Park. However, since we usually like to explore on our own without a tour, we tried to find a way to do so. Finally we found Pilanesberg, a park where we would be able to go on a self-drive safari. The guidebooks said that the ...
Johannesburg Tourism: Pilanesberg Safari Centipede
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Johannesburg Tourism: Pilanesberg Safari Centipede

While on a self-drive safari in Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa, we saw a massive centipede crossing the road ahead. It was such a large centipede that we decided it would be worth it for us to get out of the car and take a video of it...Related Posts:Johannesberg Tourism: John Gets His Windows Washed (video)Johannesburg Tourism: Our Vacation Rental View (video)Johannesburg ...
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