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Flight from Egypt to Jordan: John Makes a Friend
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Flight from Egypt to Jordan: John Makes a Friend

John tends to make friends on short (and long) flights across the globe. Sometimes this is a good thing, sometimes it ends in disaster. For example, on our first international flight back to the states from Istanbul, Turkey, a man named "Aleksander" made friends with John. This man opened up a giant vat of tuna as the flight took off and he kept poking John, asking him if he wanted some.Related ...
Cairo, Egypt Taxi Ride
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Cairo, Egypt Taxi Ride

When we arrived at our vacation rental in Cairo, Egypt in 2016, the pillows were nasty. They were caked with stains and different colors of bodily fluids left from...whatever activities they'd been involved in before we got there. So, one of the first things we did the day after we got to the rental, was go get new pillows. In this video, we're riding in the taxi back to the rental from a large department ...
Cairo, Egypt: View from the Vacation Rental Window
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Cairo, Egypt: View from the Vacation Rental Window

Cairo is not the prettiest city in the world, but we still enjoyed the view from our 14th floor apartment where we lived for 2 months in 2016. Cairo is polluted and the buildings are all barren concrete. There's little decorative lighting in the city and for most part, no attempt is made to make things "beautiful". But the sunsets are nice. And with a good view there can be some good people-watching on the ...
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) ...
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 Egyptian Museum sans the Tourist Hordes — By Jennifer Shipp
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The Egyptian Museum sans the Tourist Hordes — By Jennifer Shipp

Today we visited the Egyptian Museum. I better understand now the people’s sentiments about the displays. It’s true that very few of the items in the huge warehouse-of-a-building are marked, but for me, that didn’t diminish the coolness factor of the place. In fact, the lack of descriptions left more to the imagination as we slowly walked through the huge collection of Egyptian “stuff”.

I ...
Amazing Egypt — By Jennifer Shipp
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Amazing Egypt — By Jennifer Shipp

Today is Friday, a holy day in Cairo. It's Worship Time and loud and horribly distorted Arabic sermons are ringing out across the city. I’ve situated the table on our balcony to face the pyramids. There is nothing but sand between me and them and though I’ve seen the pyramids from all directions and stared at them for hours already, I’m still not tired of looking at them.

We arrived later ...
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