American Independence Day has nothing-I repeat nothing-on the United Arab Emirates’ National Day. I love the Fourth of July, because of the symbolism behind it and because, on the Eastern End of Long Island, it means high summer is in full swing. But Independence Day here is lowkey-parties, barbecues, a parade, lots of red, white … More A National Day Like No Other in the UAE
Transportation is a big deal to the traveler who is navigating across time and space, and I love analyzing a country’s modes of transport when I go abroad. Here, a look at getting around Morocco: Airline-Royal Air Maroc: Morocco’s national airline is Royal Air Maroc. I booked our aller-retour tickets to Casablanca’s Mohammed V Airport … More Morocco: Getting Around (Transportation)
This blogger just got back from a week-long adventure to Morocco (with her mother!) so please forgive her if the next couple of posts are all about Morocco! Morocco was an amazing educational experience, giving me new personal experience and insight on another MENA and Muslim-majority country besides Egypt. Now I can do comparisons! (see … More Morocco: In Photos
The above photo was posted by France’s Le Monde on their Facebook page on July 7th, a relatively “tranquil” scene on the Qasr al-Nil Bridge. Although Egypt was in turmoil then, having unseated ruling president Mohammed Morsi just 4 days earlier, it is nothing compared to the violence and disaster ripping through the city right … More Egypt: The Next Iraq or Syria?
Marriage is a momentous decision, no matter what country you hail from. But in the United States, the mystery and innocence of getting married have long since disappeared, unless you’re brought up strictly religious. Couples living together before getting married, pre-nups souring the idea of forever and true love and an open attitude toward divorce … More A Look at Egyptian Marriages
Note: Between going on vacation, settling things with school and, well, life, I’ve been absent from blogging, but I’m back! My trip to Cairo recently could hardly be called a trip–stopover is more like it-as I spenta mere 36 hours in the country. Yet during those 36 hours I managed to get a lot done, … More Cairo Diary December: Zamalek Street Art
Religious holidays are interesting to me. As an American who grew up in a non-religious household, the traditional Christian holidays of Christmas and Easter were little more than days where my family got together and ate dinner and exchanged gifts; in other words, there really was no religious connotation attached to the day. Indeed, for … More Celebrating Eid Al-Fitr in America
معاً من اجل نساء ينعمن بالحرية، الاستقلالية، والامان في العالم العربي… TOGETHER FOR FEARLESS, FREE & INDEPENDENT WOMEN IN THE ARAB WORLD So reads the ‘about’ section on the facebook group page. The posts are in Arabic, English, and even French. Members post articles, photos and internet memes, as do the page officers. On the … More Yella al-bint!
Downtown Cairo. If you’ve watched a news station in the past year, than you’re familiar with what constitutes as Cairo’s center or downtown area: Tahrir Square was long considered Cairo’s focal point before the 25 January Revolution ever occured, perhaps because it held several government buildings including the shunned National Democratic Party’s (NDP) headquarters as … More Downtown and Down-trodden
Food in Egypt is intriguing. Although I have food phobias, I also have a strange obsession with reading about food, or looking at food: as a child, while reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books, my favorite parts were reading about the food they ate and how they made it (people don’t make their … More Supermarket Treats in Egypt