An Egyptian Harem Conspiracy

My recent trip to Egypt was filled with the usual traveler’s travails of crossing the street in Cairo without getting run over and doggedly pursuing my – and everyone’s – life dream of visiting the pyramids of Giza without allowing hundreds of swarming touts to ruin it. Egyptian history is filled with stories of much […]

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Visit the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt Without Getting Hustled

Throughout life, our minds from time to time wander to that “some day” when we finally will walk amongst one of the most awesome wonders in our world – the Giza Pyramids of Egypt. We envision ourselves almost frozen in humble and awed reverence, making our way slowly across the desert while gazing without ceasing, […]

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City of Madness – Crossing the Street in Cairo

Nighttime has arrived in this city and I am standing on the sidewalk, alone. Locals burst past from all directions, their faces blasé with the familiarity of their surroundings as the busyness of their lives pushes them toward their evening destinations. These people are the vibe of the streets. On this, my first night in […]

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Jerusalem Jeweler – The Friends That Solo Travel Can Find – Part III

The morning is but a few minutes old when I find him. Shopkeepers in the throes of opening for the day are arranging their displays and setting chairs outside their doors, from where they’ll call out to passersby, “Please, come into my shop.” The jewelry shop that belongs to Joseph is right where I’d placed […]

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Jerusalem Jeweler Redux – The Friends That Solo Travel Can Find – Part II

In Part I of Jerusalem Jeweler, I met Joseph, a man who crafted me a pair of earrings while we talked in his jewelry shop in the Old City souk on my first solo trip to Israel. I returned to Jerusalem in October of 2009, never having forgotten that I hadn’t paid him. Today I’m […]

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Jerusalem Jeweler – The Friends That Solo Travel Can Find – Part I

I have found that when locals spot you traveling alone, they are sometimes inspired to gravitate toward you. Solo travelers are, by the nature of our all-alone status, more approachable than people moving about in pairs or groups. Here’s the begininng of a tale of a sort of friendship that formed with one man in […]

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