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Posted January 31 2008 5:42 a.m.

So, yeah. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7218008.stm">No internet in Egypt today. What impeccable timing.

Oh, right. The flight was fine but looong. Getting back to the US has been okay and I'm not experiencing any overwhelming culture shock just yet.

Stay tuned, though.

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Last day in Egypt. Finally got hit by a car

Posted January 28 2008 11:30 p.m.

Before everyone freaks out and starts calling hospitals, I'm fine. Long term damage: maybe a teensy bruise on the first knuckle of my left pinkie finger.

Still, it's one of those weird things. By now, I should know that cars behave differently here. They don't really stop for pedestrians. My best excuse is I'm a bit distracted. See, it's my last day in Egypt and I'm freaking out because


Rotten fish

Posted December 28 2007 6:18 p.m.

So, for the longest time I've been wanting to try href="http://baheyeldin.com/egypt/feseekh-and-melouha.html">feseekh (فسيخ) [also transliterated as fasikh or faseekh], which is a kind of preserved fish that's traditionally eaten on href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sham_El_Nessim">Sham El Nessim (View a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWUZYD6FUUs">v


What a waste and pictures, pictures, pictures!

Posted December 28 2007 6:16 p.m.

Some people have asked me to post about my experiences this past Friday, so in true form I'm doing it several days late.

If you visit Cairo, one thing that's going to jump up at you is that clearly Egyptians have a different relationship with trash than people in the West do. They often don't put stuff in the trash, and when they do, it's everything. You won't see a single recycling bin


Where was I....?

Posted December 12 2007 1:33 p.m.

As my mom helpfully pointed out, I should have written that I would "do my best" to post the rest on Sunday, rather than "promise" I would.

So,right, where was I. Oh yeah, right. The Aswan airport. But before we all pile into the plane for the short 1 hour flight, a few more memories of Luxor and Aswan. Like the time just before the light show, when Toby, Mom, Dad, and I


Came and Went

Posted December 8 2007 3:09 p.m.

Ok, clearly I'm not cut out to maintain a blog. Maybe I will be timely at some point, but not yet.

Right, so my family is all gone: Sonia and Michael left a week ago last Friday and my brother a few hours after that (which is another story) and my parents left last Saturday night (really Sunday) at 2 am. I've already pretty much adjusted to them being gone. I have to admit, it was wonde


A real update!!!

Posted November 15 2007 2:48 p.m.

Okay, so here's what's been going on in my life, really.

Going way back in the time machine: unfortunately, a classmate of mine who I was becoming good friends with had to leave Egypt in a hurry, basically because he couldn't stand being in Egypt because his landlady (who he also lived with) was driving him insane. It was a real shame -- she was a great cook (I broke the Ramadan fast at


It's raining in Cairo

Posted October 17 2007 12:43 a.m.

Lightning, thunder, water actually coming down from the sky, the whole works.


I promise this isn't turning into a weather blog. Really.

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Getting Cooler

Posted October 16 2007 2:02 a.m.

The temperature is finally getting cooler. We are actually beginning to see the weather that I had expected from a "desert" environment like Egypt: hot days, cold nights. The nights are now going to be around 20C (60F) and the days around 30C (85F). After months of temperatures never dipping below 25C (77F), the temperature right now seems positively chilly. And I've been told that Egypt


Fame and Fortune, and you don't care

Posted October 7 2007 2:43 a.m.

Okay, this is going to be meaningless for around 80% of the people who read this blog, but href="http://metatalk.metafilter.com/15015/So-did-you-survive-eating-the-sandwich">this post of mine actually made it to the sidebar of href="http://www.metafilter.com">MetaFilter: href="http://bp0.blogger.com/_jS8lx3jkNg8/RwhHmh6UpuI/AAAAAAAAAI0/mWOY8I0daJo/s1600-h/sidebar.png"><img alt=""



Posted September 21 2007 10:44 a.m.

Okay, so it's late, really late. But at least my system (no entertainment unless I get to sleep before 11pm) is working -- haven't watched any TV (although see caveat below) and haven't gone to href="http://metafilter.com/">Metafilter or my other href="http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=qi+part+1&search=Search">guilty pleasures. Basically it's been either work, social in


Beauty Sleep

Posted September 17 2007 10:26 p.m.

For whatever reason, for the longest time I've been staying up very late, usually only laying down my head after the first call to prayer floats in my window. This is something of a problem, since the call to prayer is around 4:30am and I have to wake up around 8 or 8:30. So, I've made the decision to start going to bed much, much earlier. Starting with tonight. I'm going to sleep at 12:30am. I kn


Still Busy

Posted September 12 2007 9 p.m.

That remains my excuse for why I've been so lax on my posts. I've got tons of work and classes and between that and trying to see some of Egypt I'm busy pretty much all the time.

So, up to speed: my second month of Ameyya (colloquial) was great and now this month I have started back up on Fusha (Modern Standard Arabic).

Tonight was the first night of Ramadan. A friend and I w


Quick update

Posted August 18 2007 3:49 a.m.

No time for words, so just a few pictures.

I've been taking care of two cats:

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Posted August 8 2007 1:27 a.m.

Okay, so a couple of weeks ago I was wandering around my neighborhood, trying to find a traditional (as opposed to href="http://wanderingjordan.blogspot.com/2007/08/frostbite-imminent.html">Western) coffeehouse. In Wust el Balad (downtown) and Islamic Cairo they're pretty much impossible to miss, but in Mohandiseen they're difficult to find. I finally came across one, though, and while wand


Frostbite imminent?

Posted August 6 2007 8:25 p.m.

Right now, my hands are freezing. They're so cold, in fact, that they're numb. I'm shivering, and my nose is starting to run just a bit.

Yes, I'm still in Egypt.

Here's what's going on: right now I'm in one of the many modern, Western-style cafes scattered through Cairo (and Mohandessin in particular). This one, Macchiato, offers excellent and reliable WiFi, friendly staff, a


Time for an update

Posted August 5 2007 4:03 p.m.

No kidding. I'll make it brief.

Okay, so I got back end of June from France. I found out there wasn't going to be a class in href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_Standard_Arabic">Modern Standard Arabic that month (that is, there was no one else at my level that month, so I would either have had to retake 2.5 or jump into a class that was too hard for me). So, I went for <a h


About Apartments

Posted June 29 2007 5:10 p.m.

Okay, so people travelling to Cairo have apparently stumbled on my blog and are asking questions about the housing situation here and where I'm living specifically.

Well, I'm living in Agouza, which is sort of but not really part of the larger Mohandessin, a pretty Westernized (but still, very Egyptian) section of Cairo on the west bank. Technically, I live in Giza, not Cairo. I'm just


Back from Paris (or, hope you've got bandwidth)

Posted June 29 2007 4:27 p.m.

Okay, so I have been pretty lousy about updates. I'll see what I can do, but for now a brief summary of my trip in France with Marylyle, mostly in pictures.

As I mentioned in my last ancient post, I went to a really cool North African market. This is what it looked like:
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I'm in Paris or something.

Posted June 11 2007 6:26 p.m.

Oh, and I did move into my apartment last Sunday, too. It's a lovely apartment and I'm going to be happy there, I'm sure.

Paris is nice but very cold and I haven't yet had a wonderful French meal yet, although I have had some very, very passable baguette aux fromageseses. The wonderful meal I did have was at a North African joint, and it was really, really wonderful. It's called Nedjmet



Posted June 3 2007 11:06 a.m.

Not much of an excuse for this long of a lag, I suppose. I mean, I have been busy, but not that busy.

In any case, I got my old laptop fixed, a new laptop arrived at about the same time, and I've been in relatively good health since then once I started drinking plenty of water and eating lots, which is harder than it sounds when it's hot--and it



Posted May 15 2007 6:27 p.m.


So everything has been working okay for a while. I've put a stop on my diet, mostly because I noticed I started feeling better once I started drinking more water and eating larger lunches. The problem wasn't that too much bad stuff was coming in; not enough good stuff was! I'm still eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

So I was finally going to put up a post today re



Posted May 6 2007 1:01 p.m.

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Newer healthier Jordan

Posted May 1 2007 7:27 p.m.

Right, so haven't done that much since my post on Friday (early Saturday morning, that is), mostly because very little has happened. Spent most of the weekend indoors, and yestereday I went back to Arabic class. Today was a holiday, so I spent most of it sleeping in and lazing about. I met with a friend in the afternoon. She'd just gotten back from London and, it still being less than 48 hours aft


Pretty Cool Day

Posted April 28 2007 2:07 a.m.

First, let's start with a bit of a news flash:

All those in Egypt, please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hourThat's right, Daylight Savings [href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_Saving_Time">sic] Time has finally arrived in Egypt. To be fair, actually, I think the real deal is that it arrived one month earlier in the States starting this year (with <a href="http://www More...