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Johannesburg Tourism: Thunderstorm in Johannesburg South Africa Part II
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Johannesburg Tourism: Thunderstorm in Johannesburg South Africa Part II

Back at home in Nebraska, our friends and family were suffering though a yucky blizzard while we enjoyed a nice summery thunderstorm in Johannesburg, South Africa.Related Posts:Johannesburg Tourism: Thunderstorm in Johannesburg South Africa (video)Johannesburg Tourism: South African Safari at Pilanesberg (video)Johannesburg Tourism: Pilanesberg Safari Centipede (video)Johannesberg ...
Johannesburg Tourism: Thunderstorm in Johannesburg South Africa
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Johannesburg Tourism: Thunderstorm in Johannesburg South Africa

We visited Johannesburg, South Africa in January 2015. The Johannesburg weather was much nicer than the weather back in wintery Nebraska! In this video we stand out on the balcony watching a thunderstorm over the city.Related Posts:Johannesburg Tourism: Thunderstorm in Johannesburg South Africa Part II (video)Johannesburg Tourism: South African Safari at Pilanesberg (video)Johannesburg ...
Johannesburg Tourism: Our Vacation Rental View
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Johannesburg Tourism: Our Vacation Rental View

Before visiting Johannesburg, South Africa, we went to Tunisia for 5 weeks and then to Egypt for a week. In comparison with Tunisia and Egypt, Johannesburg was a breath of fresh air. This video shows the view from the balcony of our vacation rental that we stayed in while in South Africa.Related Posts:Johannesburg Tourism: Thunderstorm in Johannesburg South Africa (video)Johannesburg Tourism: ...
Medical Travel: Traditional Zar at Al Makan Part II
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Medical Travel: Traditional Zar at Al Makan Part II

In 2016 we visited the Egyptian Center for Culture and Art to witness a traditional Zar ceremony that has roots in Egyptian and Bedouin customs. Our Arabic instructor told us that Zars are considered taboo rituals by many Egyptians, due to the ceremony's pagan roots. The Zar is intended to rid a person of spirit possession, fight against the evil eye, and cleanse negativity. Traditional Zar music is also ...
Medical Travel: Traditional Zar at Al Makan
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Medical Travel: Traditional Zar at Al Makan

We visited Al Makan in January 2016 on our second trip to Cairo, Egypt. The Egypt Center for Culture and Art (its website can be found here) hosts a traditional Zar in an effort to preserve traditional Egyptian music and Bedouin traditions. A Zar is a traditional ceremony that intends to cleanse away negativity and evil spirits. As our Arabic language instructor told us, many Egyptians consider Zars to be ...
Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer in Cairo
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Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer in Cairo

Calls to prayer in vary from country to country in the Muslim world. After having visited 8 Muslim countries, we've noticed differences between each country's call to prayer. Turkey's call to prayer was the most dramatic by far, while Tunisia's could barely be heard at all. We often wondered if the mosques in Tunis even did calls to prayer, since we could only kind of hear the call to prayer on the days ...
Egypt Tourism: Muslim Worship Service on the Street
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Egypt Tourism: Muslim Worship Service on the Street

When we visited Cairo in 2016, we stayed on the 14th floor of an apartment building near to Cairo University. Every Friday, a group would congregate on our street for Islamic worship. We felt like it would be inappropriate to film the group from on the street, so we got some footage from above from our window.Related Posts:Arab Culture: Pre flight Prayer - Tunis to Cairo (video) ...
Arab Culture: Pre flight Prayer – Tunis to Cairo
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Arab Culture: Pre flight Prayer – Tunis to Cairo

On our flight from Tunis to Cairo, there was a pre-flight prayer (something we've never seen).Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Muslim Worship Service on the Street (video) ...
Places to Visit in Egypt: Khan al Khalili
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Places to Visit in Egypt: Khan al Khalili

Khan al-Khalili is a major bazaar (and tourist attraction) in Cairo. The bazaar is a prime location to find neat knick knacks or unique clothing, and offers plenty of people-watching opportunities. Khan al-Khalili isn't quite as ambient as the medina in Fez, Morocco, the bazaar still has an interesting energy.Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Written in Oil (video) ...
Egypt Tourism: Written in Oil
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Egypt Tourism: Written in Oil

While outside a mosque in Khan al-Khalili, we saw a man who was writing the holy names of God and the prophet on people's hands with oil. He saw us and we saw him, so we asked what he was doing and he showed us.Related Posts:Places to Visit in Egypt: Khan al Khalili (video)Visit Egypt: Muslim Girl Jogs with Us in Cairo (video)Egypt Tourism: Lydian Practicing Arabic with an Arabic College ...
Egypt Tourism: Lydian Practicing Arabic with an Arabic College Student
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Egypt Tourism: Lydian Practicing Arabic with an Arabic College Student

When we visited Cairo in 2016 for 8 weeks, Lydian and Jennifer took Arabic classes through Cairo University. In this video, Lydian converses with a student of Cairo University in Arab-lish.Related Videos:Lines in the Sand: Speaking Arabic in Cairo, Egypt (as a Woman)-- By Jennifer ShippVisit Egypt: Muslim Girl Jogs with Us in Cairo (video)Stellar Encounters at Orman Park -- By Jennifer Shipp ...
Visit Egypt: Muslim Girl Jogs with Us in Cairo
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Visit Egypt: Muslim Girl Jogs with Us in Cairo

On our 2016 visit to Egypt, we often went to Orman Park to jog. It was a unique view into Egyptian culture, since we often interacted with locals when we went there (paying a small admission fee, asking for pictures, high fives, etc). One day while we were jogging, a Muslim girl started jogging with us.Nearly every day of the two months we spent in Egypt began with a jog at Orman Park. Cairo is a big ...
Egypt Tourism: Cairo Traffic
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Egypt Tourism: Cairo Traffic

This video shows the nighttime traffic in Cairo, Egypt. In this video we're driving from the Cairo airport to Nazlet a-Sammam.Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Taxi Ride in Cairo at Night (video) ...
Egypt Tourism: Taxi Ride in Cairo at Night
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Egypt Tourism: Taxi Ride in Cairo at Night

In this video, we take a taxi through Cairo during the nighttime hours.Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Cairo Traffic (video) ...
Things to Do in Egypt: Visit the Crystal Mountain in the White Desert
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Things to Do in Egypt: Visit the Crystal Mountain in the White Desert

We visited the Crystal Mountain in January 2016 on our second trip to Egypt. The Crystal Mountain is located between the White Desert and the Black Desert (the remains of an old mountain range) in the Egyptian desert. The mountain is actually more of a hill, and is covered in barite and calcite crystals. While we explored the mountain, our guides laid out a rug, drank tea, and had some snacks.Related ...
Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert Part II
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Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert Part II

We visited the White Desert in January 2016. The landscape was striking, and unlike anything we'd ever seen before. Our guides told us that the area had once been completely underwater, and that people often find seashells (we managed to find some). But, despite the amazing landscape, the trip was edgy and stressful. We'd left from Cairo at 5am that morning, and wouldn't get back until 10pm that night. On ...
Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert
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Places to Visit in Egypt: The White Desert

In January 2016 on our second trip to Egypt, we had to look more closely to find unique things to do that we could day-trip from Cairo. Although very cool, our trip into the White Desert felt dangerous (probably because the Egyptian government didn't allow trips out into the White Desert in the first place). The information we found online regarding the trip was ambiguous, and the tour guides assured us ...
Egypt Tourism: Sandstorm at the Pyramids in Cairo
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Egypt Tourism: Sandstorm at the Pyramids in Cairo

In 2014 when we visited Cairo, Egypt, we witnessed a major sandstorm at the Pyramids of Giza. We had a clear view of the desert and the Pyramids from our vacation rental in Nazlet a-Sammam, so we were able to observe the sandstorm without going outside and interacting with it.Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Sandstorm at the Pyramids in Egypt (video)Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer in Egypt Overlooking ...
Places to Visit in Egypt: The Pyramids (View from Nazlet A-Sammam Apartment)
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Places to Visit in Egypt: The Pyramids (View from Nazlet A-Sammam Apartment)

On our 2014 visit to Egypt we stayed in the tiny village of Nazlet a-Sammam. The town overlooks the Pyramids of Giza and offers plentiful opportunities to go camel riding or horse riding. Nazlet a-Sammam is the perfect place to stay for tourists wanting to be close to the Pyramids.Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer in Egypt Overlooking the Pyramids (video)Egypt Tourism: Sandstorm at the ...
Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer in Egypt Overlooking the Pyramids
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Egypt Tourism: Call to Prayer in Egypt Overlooking the Pyramids

From our vacation rental in Nazlet a-Sammam that we stayed in on our 2014 trip to Egypt we could hear the call to prayer (or adhan) in Cairo. Calls to prayer vary from country to country. In Tunisia, we almost never heard the call to prayer, and had to strain to hear it even in Tunis. In contrast, Turkey's calls to prayer were loud and proud.Related Posts:Egypt Tourism: Sandstorm at the Pyramids in ...
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