Egyptian Smackdown

Egyptian Smackdown

Egypt was a harsh place to visit, and you can read more about the good, bad, and ugly here. This is not a fun travel tale to tell, and it fuels my blood with anger and hatred every time I think about it, but it was my experience, therefore I will share. We were on an overnight train from Cairo to Luxor. The train car we were in was basic, with no sleeping space, and enough for 6 people…

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Life in Egypt

Life in Egypt

Beware of Egypt. It’s full of tasty swaramas and delicious scams, fruity aromas of street-side hookahs, and a nose clogging combination of sand and smog. The streets are busy and the subways crowded. Pedestrians side step, dodge, and hurdle food stands, electronic shops, and sweater peddlers as they weave and waltz with each other. We were lost in Egypt, but there was never anything that needed to be found. Everything was everywhere only in greater…

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Dubai

Dubai

Dubai – A designer city Glitzy, glam, over-the-top and a little overexposed, Dubai lives for attention. On the surface it’s materialistic beyond anyone’s wildest dreams and by treating every visitor like a VIP, visitors respond by spending like VIPs, only to need resuscitating when the next month’s credit-card bill arrives. But this is the whole idea. We’re talking about a city that virtually invented the ‘shopping festival’ (Dubai Shopping Festival, or DSF), the simple premise…

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Jordan

Jordan

Amman, Jordan’s capitol, is known as the white city. It showed layers upon layers of white limestone boxed houses, clustered together atop rolling hills. Centuries upon centuries of civilizations revealed some mesmerizing views of history.  The people greeted us with warmth and sincerity while the children welcomed us by yelling “Welcome To Jordan!!” from the rooftops as we passed by. Invitations to sip tea with strangers was plentiful. The Bedouins Village of Petra preferred their…

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