Mokkatam Village a/k/a Garbage City in Cairo

I sat down to write a post about the amazing Cave Church I visited in Cairo, when I began instead reading up on the people who live in the village that is home to the church. Soon it became clear that an entire post should be dedicated to what little I know about these people […]

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Desert Safari in Egypt

Although I’ve spent months of my life in the sunny seaside town of Dahab in the Sinai, there are still a lot of sights I haven’t seen. During my last stint in Dahab, I decided to work on rectifying this situation by going with King Safari Dahab the tour company I always use, on one […]

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A Coptic Engagement Party in Cairo

The drive from Dahab is Cairo is epic, so you have to have a good reason before going on this journey. Ten hours overland, through barren, flat desert of the Sinai, with slow-downs at the many checkpoints that help keep travelers safe, down into the Suez Canal by way of the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel, which […]

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What?! Travel to Cairo?

Say the word Cairo these days and most people think of danger and violence, an off-limits city in a newly forbidden country. In reality, the entire country of Egypt is still safe and travelable, including Cairo. The violence in the city is contained almost entirely downtown, which is home to Tahrir Square, where the majority […]

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A Delicious Lunch…If You’re a Camel

What do camels eat? Almost anything, it seems. Domesticated camels are often fed grass, dates and oats, while those in the wild do quiet well in creating their own diets. I spotted this particular camel enjoying lunch on New Year’s Day when I was riding my bike from the main tourist drag of Dahab back […]

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The Lights of Dahab – Photo Essay

Dahab is the most enchanting town in Egypt. This mellow, sunny spot lies quietly on the Red Sea in the southern Sinai, swimming in a peaceful yet exciting atmosphere of Arab exoticism. Its indigenous people are a mix of Egyptian and Bedouin, its sizeable expat community largely Scandinavian and British, its tourists primarily Russian and […]

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Dahab’s Relaxation Goes Five Star at The Hilton Dahab Resort

Most people who visit Dahab, Egypt walk away, reluctantly, feeling that this is one of the most, if not the most, relaxing place on earth. And it truly is. I’ve spent a total of six laid back months in this peaceful little town on the Red Sea, but my last several days were the most […]

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Traveling Through Egypt via Sleeper Train – Safe, Comfortable and Easy!

There are so many ways to travel around Egypt: plane, train, car, bus, taxi, minivan and ferry. And let us not forget camel. I’ve used all of these modes of transportation (except camel), and I have to say the one I’ve come out enjoying the most is the train. Short-distance train travel through Egypt I […]

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Simplicity is Delicious – Baking Bread in Dahab, Egypt

Last night at midnight I was walking with my Egyptian friend and his cousin down a dark, sandy road toward home when my friend said abruptly I want to buy bread. So we veered off the road onto a path, also dark and sandy, at the end of which stood several small buildings. Only one […]

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Egypt’s Presidential Election and the Future

I am so thrilled to be in Egypt at this moment in its history. Yesterday and today are amongst some of the most profoundly important days ever in Egypt, as the country has just held its first free presidential election in over 30 years. I have hope for Egypt but have to wonder, along with […]

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On The Road to Dahab

No matter by what means you travel there, the road to Dahab, Egypt, deep in the country’s gorgeous south Sinai region, is memorable in its exotic desert beauty. Traveling overland to the Sinai from Israel, which I have done several times, is probably the most scenic way of arriving in the little Bedouin village that […]

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The Oddest, Coolest Restaurant on Earth – The Genesis Pub in Luxor, Egypt

Have you ever innocently walked into a restaurant and encountered a strange new world? Neither had I, until I entered the doors of the Genesis English Pub in Luxor, Egypt. I’d passed by this restaurant a few times while staying at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa earlier this year and one night decided to […]

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