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Diving in the Red Sea: No Experience Necessary

Diving is one of those activities where it’s really better if you know what you’re doing. There are any number of things that could go wrong, including: Running out of air Surfacing too quickly Panicking Man-eating sharks (Which I still firmly believe should not be culled. I’m talking to you, WA.) Before we went to […]

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What I Did Wrong In Egypt

Egypt was the first country where I felt like I stood out because I was a woman. To be clear: I am NOT trying to criticize Egypt, but remarking on my naivety for not fully understanding how things work in different parts of the world. I knew that I’d have to be more conservative in […]

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Don’t forget the hand sanitizer

Luxor. I knew that it was the name of a pyramid-themed hotel in Vegas, but that was the extent of my knowledge.  After two days of the Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, and Hapshetsut’s Temple, I can see that Vegas does a poor imitation. We caught a taxi to the Luxor airport on Monday morning, because that’s […]

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Midnight Train to Luxor

“You’re taking an overnight train in Africa?” This was the incredulous response I got from Shelley, a former co-worker and Zimbabwean, when she learned of our travel plans for Cairo to Luxor. “I’m sure it’ll be fine,” I answered.  And it was.  I can’t say it was an easy or familiar process, but in the […]

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Walked Like an Egyptian

Wasn’t travelling with my laptop this time, so I’m considerably behind on the updates…let’s go back to Cairo, February 20th. After haggling at the front desk of the Concorde Hotel, we were led to a taxi driver who agreed to drive us to the Pyramids for about 75 Egyptian pounds (less than 10 English pounds). […]

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